Government bans TikTok for “immoral” content

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to block social media App TikTok due to its “immoral” content, three top government officials said on Friday.

The officials added that a formal announcement to this effect will be made in a few hours.

“We have been asking them repeatedly to put in place an effective mechanism for blocking immoral and indecent content,” one of the top officials directly involved in the decision told Reuters.

“The platform, however, hasn’t been able to fully satisfy Pakistani authorities. The decision has been taken to block TikTok for accessing in Pakistan,” he said.

In July, telecommunications regulator of Pakistan issued a “final warning” to the short-form video app over explicit content posted on tik tok.

TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, has been caught in a firestorm globally due to security and privacy concerns. It has already been blocked in India and it faces scrutiny in countries from Australia to the United States.

The decision to impose ban on tik tok was taken after Prime Minister Imran Khan took a keen interest on the matter, said a second official in Pakistan, adding that PM Imran has directed the telecom authorities to make all efforts to block vulgar content in the conservative Islamic republic.

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