PTA bans TikTok! The media Watchdog of Pakistan, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority aka PTA issued an official letter banning Chinses Social Media Application Famously Known as TikTok or musically. This announcement is made after the company failed to remove morally problematic content from TikTok.
PTA bans TikTok
The official announcement for this ban to be effective will be made in a few hours according to PTA officials.
In the press release, the Top officials of PTA said: ” We have been asking them repeatedly to put in place an effective mechanism for blocking immoral and indecent content,”
Although TikTok tried to remove some content from their platform, they were not able to Convince authorities at PTA. The official further continued to say that PTA has concluded to outcast TikTok from Pakistan.
Arslan Khalid, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s focal person on digital media, had at the time backed the move, saying stringent measures were necessary as the platforms were not understanding the severity of the situation.
“The recent exploitation of female TikTokers, the objectification and sexualization of young girls on TikTok was causing a huge pain to the parents & was proving detrimental for our society,” he wrote on Twitter.
The issue with the company has been in media highlights for a long time, PTA issued several notices to remove the problematic videos but to no effect. PTA issued a “final warning” in July 2020.
According to the companies claim Pakistan is among Top 5 countries from where the company removed content for guidelines violation.
Prior to that ByteDance, The Chinese organization that owns TikTok was in limelight over security and privacy issues worldwide. They have been facing bans from various countries such as Turkey and the USA. While a few months earlier it was blocked in India where the app gathered most of its users. Now they are facing political and court issues in countries from Australia to the United States.
The official response of the social media company is still to arrive at the scene.
The decision was formulated after consulting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan as he was overlooking the matters according to officials. He has given a clear order to all media watchdogs that no vulgar content is tolerable at any media platform.
“immoral content is not on TikTok, it’s embedded in our sexist society”. said Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari, who tweeted to criticize the ban on TikTok.
She further said by taking the support of increasing rate of crime against woman and children’s that our society is : “deteriorated so much. Look [at] what’s happening in madrassas, in open public spaces — the problem is NOT TikTok.”