Pakistan lifts ban on TikTok after 5 months


ISLAMABAD:

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has restored the providers of TikTok on assurances of the favored video-sharing platform to manage “immoral/indecent content” after nearly a five-month suspension.

“Subsequent to imposition of ban on 20 July 2021, PTA remained in communications with the TikTok management. As a result of continuous engagement, senior management of the platform assured PTA of its commitment to take necessary measures to control unlawful content in accordance with local laws and societal norms,” learn an announcement issued by the PTA on Friday.

The Chinese video-sharing platform additionally assured that the customers who’re repeatedly concerned in importing illegal content material will probably be blocked from utilizing the platform, it added.

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In view of the assurances, the authority determined to carry the ban on TiKToK forthwith. “PTA will continue to monitor the platform in order to ensure that unlawful content contrary to Pakistan’s law and societal values is not disseminated.”

Earlier this month, TikTok and the PTA officers held an in depth dialogue with regard to content material moderation on the social networking app in keeping with the native legal guidelines and societal norms.

During the assembly, the TikTok consultant – Head of Public Policy-Emerging Markets and Head of Global CSR Helena Lersch – highlighted numerous initiatives being taken together with a future technique and funding within the native marketplace for making certain protected, productive, informative and bonafide content material to Pakistani customers.

The communique acknowledged that PTA Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa, whereas acknowledging the efforts of TikTok, assured to proceed engagement with the platform to reach a mutually acceptable mechanism for the availability of protected, lawful and productive web expertise to the customers in Pakistan.

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