Pakistan blocks TikTok once more over ‘inappropriate content material’


2021-07-21 13:59:33

ISLAMABAD: The favored TikTok video-sharing app was blocked on Wednesday in Pakistan for a fourth time due to “inappropriate content material”, the nation’s telecommunication regulator mentioned.

The Chinese language-owned web site has fought a sequence of authorized battles with spiritual activists and authorities within the nation, and was shut down for 2 days earlier this month on the order of a provincial court docket.

“The motion has been taken attributable to steady presence of inappropriate content material on the platform and its failure to take such content material down,” the telecoms authority mentioned in a press release.

A neighborhood TikTok consultant didn’t instantly remark.

The app has an enormous fan base in Pakistan, the place many individuals use it to market and promote items on-line.

However its critics say it promotes vulgarity and LGBTQ content material.

In June, TikTok mentioned it had eliminated greater than six million movies obtainable to Pakistan customers in simply three months following complaints from officers and bizarre customers.

Round 15 per cent of the movies eliminated had been taken down due to “grownup nudity and sexual actions”, the corporate mentioned.

Officers have beforehand requested YouTube to dam content material they deem objectionable, and a number of other relationship apps are prohibited.

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