Popular social media application, TikTok, has been banned by the Pakistan government, for failing to filter out “immoral” content, three top government officials said on Friday. The app was recently banned in India as well as the USA.
While the move seemingly follows India’s footsteps to ban the viral short video social media platform, the reasons appear to be different – in Pakistan, the decision to block TikTok does not seem to be fuelled by privacy concerns.
“We have been asking them repeatedly to put in place an effective mechanism for blocking immoral and indecent content,” one of the top officials directly involved in the decision said.
“The platform, however, hasn’t been able to fully satisfy Pakistani authorities. The decision has been taken to block TikTok for accessing in Pakistan,” he added.
The ban comes following a ‘final warning’ by the country’s telecommunications regulator in July against the Chinese app’s explicit content.
The news immediately took over Twitter with netizens exhibiting various hilarious concerns through memes making #TikTok one of the top trends for the day.
In another early action to regulate their content, Pakistan had blocked access to Tinder and several other dating apps in a bid to control “immoral” and “indecent” content, just days after regulators threatened to shut down YouTube for similar reasons.
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