Wednesday Jul 21, 2021
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority 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 Geo.tv 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The development comes nearly three weeks after the Sindh High Court (SHC) had withdrawn the suspension on TikTok services.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.
It is pertinent to mention here that President Arif Alvi had joined the popular video-sharing platform last week, he had confirmed via his official Instagram account.
The president had uploaded a video of himself on Twitter to make the announcement and wrote that the purpose of him joining the app is to spread the message of positivity among the youth of Pakistan.