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Pakistan’s telecom regulator on Monday introduced that it was lifting a ban on well-liked video-sharing app TikTok. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) stated in a press release that the choice was taken after TikTok’s administration assured the PTA that it’ll block all accounts “involved in spreading obscenity and immorality” within the nation.

The Pakistan telecom physique’s resolution has come greater than every week after it had blocked the Chinese video-sharing platform over “immoral and indecent” content material.

ByteDance-owned TikTok later stated in a press release that it was happy to see the app unblocked for customers in Pakistan. “We appreciate the PTA’s commitment to ongoing productive dialogue and recognise their care for the digital experience of Pakistani users,” it stated.

The transfer was extensively welcomed in Pakistan the place quite a lot of individuals have became stars in a single day due to the content material they produced and the followers they amassed.

Pakistan is TikTok’s 12th largest market and analysts say the recognition of the app grew phenomenally within the nation this yr through the prolonged coronavirus-related lockdown.

The video-sharing app has been downloaded practically 43 million occasions in Pakistan, together with 14.7 million this yr alone, in response to knowledge from analysis agency SensorTower.

Amid TikTok’s rising recognition throughout Pakistan, there have been complaints over among the content material that’s shared on the platform. The firm’s transparency report exhibits that it has taken down practically 6.5 million movies between January and June – the third highest for any nation after India and the US.

The report additionally exhibits that the Pakistani authorities had reported 40 accounts to TikTok over content material it didn’t agree with, however solely two of these accounts have been eliminated or restricted by the app.

Pakistan intently displays on-line content material and has put in place regulation that asks digital platforms to take away content material that the federal government finds objectionable.

In September, the federal government stated it blocked entry to the relationship apps Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi for what it referred to as “immoral and indecent content”. The authorities had additionally blocked YouTube from 2012 to 2016 reportedly over blasphemous content material that hadn’t been eliminated by the platform at the moment.


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