On Thursday, the government of Pakistan has banned TikTok, the famous social media app, again after a court decision over a private citizen petition that blamed TikTok for promoting vulgarity.
A spokesman of the organization informed AFP, “The TikTok ban is effective from today.” Furthermore, users of the application also have verified that they are unable to get access to their accounts. Also, users can’t see the short video clips that have created the app be of the most famous throughout the country.
According to Imdad Kazmi, who is studying mass communication at a government university,
“It is absurd, It affects thousands of people who promote their products, fashion, and other goods. The ban is not a solution at all.”
However, previously TikTok has also faced two bans from the government of Pakistan due to “indecent” content, most recently in March, after which the company promised to better reduce content.
TikTok revealed on Wednesday that it has taken off more than six million videos from its Pakistan service during the last three months. And approximately 15 percent featuring “adult nudity and sexual activities”.
According to a representative, the content was deleted due to both user and government requests. Moreover, posting videos in Western clothes that expose too much skin is forbidden in Pakistan. Consequently, this mostly results in abuse.
TikTok statement stated after the most recent takedown,
“We have grown our local-language moderation capacity for Pakistan and work diligently to review and take action on content in violation of our community guidelines.”
The Sindh High Court stated that the suspension would hold in place as far as the next hearing on the appeal on July 8.
Furthermore, freedom of speech advocates is criticizing creeping government suppression and control of the internet and media in Pakistan.