PTA Conditionally Resorts TikTok Services in Pakistan

TikTok - The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has restored TikTok services in Pakistan with certain conditions. In a statement on Monday, the PTA said that in view of the presence of vulgar, indecent/immoral content on the platform and its negative effects on the society, it has been continuously asserting TikTok to prevent its platform from disseminating the unlawful content. However, TikTok couldn’t satisfy the authority for taking concrete steps for blocking and removal of unlawful content. Hence, the TikTok application was blocked until a satisfactory content monitoring mechanism is put in place. As a result of continuous engagement with the platform’s senior management before & after imposition of the ban, TikTok has assured moderating content in accordance with societal norms & the laws of Pakistan and ensured that the users who are continuously involved in uploading unlawful content are blocked from the platform. The PTA, as a facilitator to the users’ healthy digital experience on the internet and growth of digital companies, has, therefore, decided to lift the ban. The restoration of TikTok is strictly subject to the condition that the platform will not be used for the spread of vulgarity/indecent content & societal values will not be abused. The PTA will be constrained to permanently block the application, in case the said condition is not fulfilled.ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has restored TikTok services in Pakistan with certain conditions.

In a statement on Monday, the PTA said that in view of the presence of vulgar, indecent/immoral content on the platform and its negative effects on the society, it has been continuously asserting TikTok to prevent its platform from disseminating the unlawful content.

However, TikTok couldn’t satisfy the authority for taking concrete steps for blocking and removal of unlawful content.

Hence, the TikTok application was blocked until a satisfactory content monitoring mechanism is put in place.

As a result of continuous engagement with the platform’s senior management before & after imposition of the ban, TikTok has assured moderating content in accordance with societal norms & the laws of Pakistan and ensured that the users who are continuously involved in uploading unlawful content are blocked from the platform.

The PTA said that as a facilitator to the users’ healthy digital experience on the internet and growth of digital companies, it has, therefore, decided to lift the ban.

The restoration of TikTok is strictly subject to the condition that the platform will not be used for the spread of vulgarity/indecent content & societal values will not be abused.

The PTA will be constrained to permanently block the application, in case the said condition is not fulfilled.