TikTok Unbanned! The ban imposed on TikTok has been lifted according to the government sources and PTA’s official Twitter handle. The china based company Bytedance which owns TikTok, a video sharing platform assured the Pakistan government that accounts indulged in immoral content will be permanently removed from the application.
The application was blocked from being accessed in Pakistan on October 9, 2020, for not responding to PTA’s warning to remove socially unacceptable content. Now the company finally responded after which The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) removed the restriction on the app.
In their statement the telecommunication watchdog, PTA informed that the Chinese app was taken off from the internet in Pakistan after “complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing application.
“TikTok is being unlocked after assurance from management that they will block all accounts repeatedly involved in spreading obscenity and immorality,” read the PTA statement.
“TikTok will moderate the account in accordance with local laws.
After the hell was dropped on the application, it became vigilant in removing problematic contact and profiles. The assurity was given to PTA by company representatives.
It was finalized in a meeting of PTA officials with the company, that the application will not be further restricted if problematic content is filtered out.
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TikTok showed it’s resentment for the lack of response from PTA to discuss the future of the application in Pakistan. They felt that despite their efforts to block immoral videos, the users are unable to access TikTok.
TikTok will improve its algorithm to censor content on the platform. Their representative said that they are constantly in contact with PTA to resolve all issues.
The spokesperson had said that TikTok had made “concerted efforts to address questions from the Pakistani government around their content moderation process”.
“TikTok’s mission is to inspire creativity and joy, and that’s just what we’ve done in Pakistan. We’ve built a community whose creativity and passion has brought joy to households across Pakistan and opened vital economic opportunities to incredibly talented creators,” it said.
“We continue to hope that our productive dialogue with the PTA can bring assurance of the Government’s commitment to a stable, enabling environment whereby we can explore investing further in the market, including in the inspiring talent we’ve seen thrive on TikTok.