ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has decided to block the TikTok social media app for failing to filter “immoral” content, a communications official said on Friday.
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A senior government official who participated in the decision told Reuters, “We have repeatedly asked them to put in place effective measures to prevent unsafe and degrading content.”
“The platform, however, has not been able to fully satisfy the Pakistani authorities. The decision was taken to block TikTok from reaching Pakistan, ”he said.
The Paksitan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued an official press release announcing the decision, saying that in the wake of numerous complaints from various civil society groups against misconduct and shameful content in the video-sharing application TikTok, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued restraining orders.
It further stated that in addition to issuing a final notice on the application and giving more time to respond to and comply with the authorities’ instructions for the development of an effective online content testing system, the application has failed to fully comply with the instructions.