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Pakistan’s the latest country to ban the China-owned app TikTok

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Pakistan officers have introduced a ban on TikTok after receiving complaints of illegal content material on the favored short-form video-sharing app. It’s the most recent nation to dam the app after India instituted a similar ban and the U.S. attempted to do the same due to a squabble over who owns TikTok’s American enterprise, which is at present the Beijing-based Bytedance.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority stated in an announcement Friday that it got here to the choice after TikTok did not censor “immoral and indecent” content material on its platform, the Associated Press experiences. After receiving a number of complaints and petitions calling for the app to be banned, the authority gave TikTok a ultimate warning in July to fulfill its pointers and take down illegal content material (the Muslim-majority nation has a number of media laws supposed to protect conservative values), which the corporate purportedly did not do.

“Now we have been asking them repeatedly to place in place an efficient mechanism for blocking immoral and indecent content material,” an official concerned within the choice advised Reuters.

The ban is probably not everlasting although; the PTA stated in Friday’s assertion that it’s “open for engagement” with TikTok and would evaluate its choice ought to the corporate beef up its content material moderation techniques. The courting apps Tinder and Grindr additionally received bans last month over comparable points.

TikTok has change into wildly in style everywhere in the world because it launched exterior of China in 2017, and Pakistan isn’t any exception. The app reported 20 million month-to-month lively customers there and was the nation’s third most downloaded app over the past yr after WhatsApp and Fb, a PTA spokesperson advised Reuters.

However over the past yr or so a number of nations have begun to push again towards a number of Chinese language owned apps over strained worldwide relations with Beijing. In June, India banned TikTok together with 58 different China-based apps as retaliation for a deadly border conflict within the Himalayas. The Trump administration has been trying to crack down on the app for months, citing nationwide safety issues and to date unfounded accusations that TikTok is quietly leaking U.S. consumer information to Beijing, which the corporate has vehemently denied. A national ban was scheduled to enter impact on the finish of September earlier than a federal choose put a moratorium on it till the problem’s hashed out in court docket.

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Alyse Stanley