[Pakistan announces the ban on TikTok: unfiltered "immoral content"] The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) issued an announcement on October 9th, announcing that Pakistan will ban TikTok applications on the grounds that it has received "immoral and indecent content on TikTok from all walks of life" A large number of complaints".
The announcement stated that the Pakistan Telecommunications Bureau has "repeatedly requested" TikTok to establish an effective mechanism to control illegal "immoral content" and follow the instructions of the Pakistani authorities, but the request "has not been fully complied with." The Pakistani authorities therefore decided to ban TikTok in the country. The department stated that they informed TikTok that Pakistani regulators are willing to cooperate. If TikTok can establish a management mechanism that satisfies the authorities, they will re-examine this decision.
However, it is worth noting that according to the press announcement of the Economic and Commercial Section of the Chinese Consulate General in Karachi on July 23, Pakistan issued a rectification order to TikTok in July regarding "immoral and indecent content", and TikTok made a rectification order only one day later. Respond positively. At that time, a TikTok spokesperson made it clear that more than 3.7 million pieces of content suspected of violating regulations have been deleted in compliance with Pakistan's requirements, and emphasized that users will be protected from harmful content, and at the same time strengthened communication with the Pakistani regulatory authorities.
The spokesperson also emphasized that maintaining a safe and active network environment is the top priority of the platform. The platform will adopt a variety of technical methods to strictly control the content in accordance with laws and community rules. At the same time, it will take measures such as deleting bad videos and banning accounts to prevent violations. Punishment. At the same time, the platform has also established a one-click reporting mechanism to allow users and regulators to report suspected violations.
Pakistan is a relatively traditional Muslim country. Due to the influence of religion, the acceptance of women’s clothing that shows their figure is limited. Not only TikTok, but Pakistan also recently banned many international social applications including Tinder and SayHi on the grounds of "large-scale" or "immoral" illegal content. A spokesperson for the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority stated that their move is intended to bring the management of these applications into the "ethical and legal realm."
Reuters said that TikTok has not yet responded to Pakistan's announcement.