Islamabad: Pakistan has issued a closing warning to Chinese language-owned social media app TikTok to clamp down on what it known as “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content material on the video-sharing platform.
TikTok has develop into a worldwide sensation with its 15 to 60-second video clips and is massively well-liked amongst younger Pakistanis, with some customers increase tens of millions of followers.
However the app has come up in opposition to backlash within the deeply conservative Islamic nation, with critics blaming it for spreading nudity and pornography.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) introduced it was blocking one other app, Bigo, and had obtained a lot of complaints about TikTok over its “extraordinarily detrimental results on the society and the youth particularly”.
In a press release late Monday it mentioned it had already issued notices to the corporate asking it to average content material, earlier than issuing a closing warning ordering filters be put in place to cease “obscenity, vulgarity and immorality”.
Arslan Khalid, a digital media adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan, welcomed the choice claimed the “exploitation, objectification & sexualisation of younger ladies on TikTok” was inflicting ache to oldsters.
Nighat Dad, a lawyer who affords digital safety coaching to girls, instructed AFP “obscenity” complaints are obscure and infrequently geared toward girls, praising the app for permitting folks to specific themselves in methods they typically can not in public.
TikTok has not responded to a request for remark.
The telecommunications authority introduced it was blocking the much less well-liked Singapore-based live-streaming app Bigo Dwell over its content material.
TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, has confronted rising controversy over the way it collects and makes use of knowledge though it has repeatedly denied sharing consumer data with Chinese language authorities.
India banned the app, together with dozens of different Chinese language cell platforms, over nationwide safety and privateness considerations with america contemplating the same transfer.
In Pakistan—a detailed ally of China—no privateness considerations have been raised.
The app was additionally banned by Bangladesh final 12 months as a part of a clampdown on pornography, whereas Indonesia briefly blocked entry over blasphemy considerations.
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