Basyukta Basuprava

Pakistan’s telecommunication authorities blocked TikTok on Friday, saying the Chinese app has failed to comply with the government’s instructions for “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content,” according to a press release issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

PTA added that this step was taken after the authority received a number of complaints from people against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing application.

"In view of a number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content on the video-sharing application TikTok, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued instructions for blocking of the application," PTA said in its statement.

PTA has also stated that authorities are open for engagement with TikTok and will review its decision subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content.

The popular Chinese app was banned in India in June this year, while the United States (US) imposed a ban on the app in September.

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