The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) announced on Friday that it has lifted the 5-month long ban from TikTok. The app was suspended in Pakistan due to the immoral and indecent content posted by the users.
The statement released by PTA stated:
“Subsequent to the imposition of ban on 20 July 2021, PTA remained in communications with the TikTok management. As a result of continuous engagement, senior management of the platform assured PTA of its commitment to take necessary measures to control unlawful content in accordance with local laws and societal norms”
Press Release: PTA has restored the services of TikTok on assurances of the Platform to control immoral / indecent content.
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) November 19, 2021
PTA also added that users who continue to share unlawful content will be banned from the video-sharing app. They also added:
“PTA will continue to monitor the platform in order to ensure that unlawful content contrary to Pakistan’s law and societal values is not disseminated.”
A detailed discussion was held prior to the lifting of the ban that involved PTA and TikTok officials. The meeting was held in regard to content moderation being in line with the laws and culture of Pakistan. The TikTok representative – Head of Public Policy-Emerging Markets and Head of Global CSR Helena Lersch explained how the future strategy of TikTok is based on providing informative, and useful content to TikTok users.
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