PTA again blocks TikTok due to ‘continuous presence of inappropriate content’

 PTA again blocks TikTok due to ‘continuous presence of inappropriate content’

PTA again blocks TikTok

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority(PTA) on Wednesday announced it had blocked ByteDance’s video-sharing platform TikTok in the country over “inappropriate content”.

“In the light of relevant provisions of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016, PTA has blocked access to TikTok App and website in the country,” the telecom regulator said.

“The action has been taken due to continuous presence of inappropriate content on the platform and its failure to take such content down,” the telecommunication authority added.

This is the fourth time that the government has interrupted — blocked or suspended — TikTok’s services in the country due to the content shared on the platform.

PTA Spokesperson Khurram Mehran told to private news channel that the video-sharing app was asked multiple times about the “inappropriate content” being posted online, but no action was taken.

“The app was blocked after which the competent authority had issued directives in this regard,” he added.

The development comes nearly three weeks after the Sindh High Court (SHC) had withdrawn the suspension on TikTok services.

The SHC had on June 28 ordered the PTA to suspend the services of the video-sharing site on a citizen’s petition, who was aggrieved by the “immorality and obscenity” on the mobile app.

Read this: TikTok responds to Pakistan suspension

Tiktok has responded to the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) order suspending the app across Pakistan Thursday, saying that it is working with authorities. The SHC had, earlier this week, ordered to suspend the video-sharing app TikTok across Pakistan till July 8, nearly three months after the country had lifted a ban imposed on it.

“The creativity and passion of our community has brought joy to households across Pakistan and provided a home for incredibly talented creators,” said TikTok in a statement. “We have grown our local-language moderation capacity for Pakistan, and work diligently to review and take action on content in violation of our Community Guidelines,” it added.

Web Desk

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