Tiktok is banned in Pakistan because of immoral and indecent. Pakistan has banned Chinese social media app TikTok for failing to filter out “immoral and indecent” content. The decision came after a number of complaints from different segments of society, The PTA said in a statement issued on Friday 9 Oct 2020.
TikTok ban in Pakistan
The decision was taken after Prime Minister Imran Khan took a keen interest in the issue, a government official told the Reuters news agency, adding that Khan has directed PTA to make all efforts to block content deemed vulgar in the conservative country.
The PTA said TikTok has been informed the regulator is open to engagement and will review its decision subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content. In July, the regulator issued a “final warning” to tiktok app over explicit content posted on their video-sharing platform.
This is not the first app which goes down like this in Pakistan, while ago on other live-streaming app (Bigo Live) was also banned for the same reason. Following up with another Dating app Tinder has also been blocked in recent months by Pakistani authorities. And somewhere in the mid of these banning period YouTube a video-sharing platform was also warned to block “vulgarity and hate speech”.
In 2016, Pakistan’s parliament passed the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) to regulate, among other things, content on the internet. It gave the PTA broad powers to block content considered to be against “the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or public order, decency or morality”. And because of this power PTA had blocked 800,000+ websites and platforms till upto date which can’t be acccessed within the country. Mostly the list of blocked websites includes pornographic websites/ platforms but a huge number of websites were also included in the banning which were considered critical of the country’s security and foreign policies, some social media, and some political parties’.
Should TikTok be banned?
Well, it’s one un-decidable question to answer just by one person. But just a perspective of one includes here from Yousaf Jan Utmanzai Official page on which a post states something like this (Translation):
The government of Pakistan deserves credit. Tiktok should have been banned long ago. Where there is no integrated training system, catastrophe is doomed if things like TikTok are readily available. People who agree with me should share the post.
What are your views on this TikTok ban in Pakistan? Are you agree with Yousaf Jan‘s page post? Leave your comment below.