Social media platforms TikTok has been banned in Pakistan after the country’s telecom regulator deemed that it had failed to filter out “immoral and indecent” content.
This development is coming as a huge blow to Byte Dance, operators of the app after they suffered a similar fate in India which back in June was banned after that country said it had received reports that TikTok and other Chinese apps were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data.”
Tik Tok has also been at loggerhead with the American government after President Trump threatened to ban the app over concerns about user privacy.
The app, which is owned by China-based ByteDance has been told by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority that its ban would be in place until TikTok introduced a mechanism that would moderate unlawful content, adding that it has received “complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing application.”
TikTok, on its part, has said that it is “committed to following the law in markets where the app is offered.”
“We have been in regular communication with the PTA and continue to work with them,” the company said. “We are hopeful to reach a conclusion that helps us continue to serve the country’s vibrant and creative online community.”
This move by the Pakistani government, an ally of China, raises doubt about the company’s future given growing scrutiny of the app by the different governments for a variety of reasons, ranging from nudity to privacy and others.