Pakistan restores Tik Tok services days after the ban
Tik Tok services in Pakistan were restored on Monday with certain conditions, 10 days after they placed a ban on the short video sharing app by telecom regulator for spreading ‘indecent’ content.
Pakistan telecommunication Authorities (PTA) have warned the company that the spread of ‘vulgarity’ / ‘indecent‘ content
and ‘abuse of societal values‘ would cause a permanent ban on the app, Dawn reported.
They imposed the ban on October 9 and they have lifted it after an ‘assurance’ regarding effective
‘moderation of content’ by the TikTok management in a virtual meeting, according to the PTA.
Also, PTA chairman retired Major General Amir Azeem Bajwa while briefing the Senate standing committee
on information technology on Monday said the TikTok management had claimed that
around 25,000 accounts of Pakistani origin and about four million videos have been blocked in three months.
In a statement, the regulator announced that the restoration of TikTok services
was strictly subject to the condition that they would not use the platform for the spread
of vulgarity / indecent content and they won’t abuse the societal values.
“we will constrain PTA to permanently block the application in case
they do not fulfill the said condition,” added the PTA statement.
Furthermore, in a briefing to the Senate committee on IT, retired Maj Gen Bajwa said TikTok
had assured Pakistan of investing around half a million US dollars for the moderation of content.
It would use artificial intelligence (AI) software and a human resource in Pakistan for the purpose.
Meanwhile, TikTok has issued a statement lauding the unblocking of the app in Pakistan.
“We appreciate the PTA’s commitment to ongoing productive dialogue and recognize
their care for the digital experience of Pakistani users,” a spokesperson of TikTok
said in a statement issued from Singapore through their media agency.
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