TikTok Is Being Blocked in Pakistan for Hosting ‘Immoral’ and ‘Indecent’ Content

TikTok will be blocked for users in Pakistan for hosting “immoral” and “indecent” content, its telecoms regulator announced Friday.

In a statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) claimed it had received a “number of complaints from different segments of the society” about the short form video app, which is currently owned by the Chinese tech firm ByteDance.

The agency said it was issuing instructions for the app to be blocked, although did not specify what content it believed to be in violation of its laws or regulations.

“Keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, PTA issued a final notice to the application and gave considerable time to respond and comply with the Authority instructions for development of effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content,” it nsaid.oted.

“However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country.

TikTok has been informed that the Authority is open for engagement and will review its decision subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content.”

TikTok has been contacted for comment by Newsweek.

In July this year, the PTA said a “final warning” was issued to TikTok, citing “extremely negative effects on the society in general and youth in particular.” It asserted that the response from the social media company had “not been satisfactory.”

The authority at the time banned another app, called Bigo, for allegedly breaking rules in the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), 2016, local media reported.

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U.S. appeals judge’s ruling that blocked U.S. ban on TikTok downloads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government said in a court filing on Thursday it was appealing a judge’s ruling that prevented it from prohibiting new downloads of the Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok.

The Justice Department said it appealed the order to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

In late September, a U.S. judge temporarily blocked a Trump administration order that was set to bar Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google from offering new TikTok downloads.

China’s ByteDance, which owns TikTok, has been under pressure to sell the popular app. The White House contends that TikTok poses national security concerns as personal data collected on 100 million Americans who use the app could be obtained by China’s government. Any deal will also still need to be reviewed by the U.S. government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Negotiations are under way for Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp to take stakes in a new company, TikTok Global, that would oversee U.S. operations.

But key terms of the deal – including who will have majority ownership – are in dispute. ByteDance has also said any deal will need to be approved by China. Beijing has revised its list of technologies subject to export bans in a way that gives it a say over any TikTok deal.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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