Pakistan Issues Final Warning To TikTok Over Obscene Content

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All is not good with TikTok! The popular short video making app has been facing heavy scrutiny lately from different parts of the world including the U.S, Australia, and India (where it is banned now). Pakistan has also joined the list now, but for a different reason.

Earlier this week, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued a ‘final warning’ to TikTok after it received complaints regarding vulgar videos circulating on the platform. Pakistan has already blocked Bigo, a live-streaming application, for its “immoral, obscene and vulgar content”, reports TechCrunch.

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“Therefore, in the exercise of its powers under PECA (nation’s Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act), PTA has decided to immediately block Bigo and issue a final warning to TikTok to put in place a comprehensive mechanism to control obscenity, vulgarity, and immorality through its social media application,” Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said in a statement. Byte Spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company uses a combination of technologies and moderation strategies to track content that violates its terms of use.

Although TikTok has come under fire in Pakistan, it’s not over data or user privacy-related reasons like other countries. TikTok has already been banned in India along with other 58 Chinese apps to ensure the “safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace”. Australia is also investigating the app for risks that it might pose to its users around data privacy and security. And the U.S. government is also pushing a ban on TikTok where a Trump campaign on Facebook recently ran ads that urged people to sign a petition on TikTok ban, stating the app is ‘spying on people’.

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