Pakistan lifted TikTok ban for the second time, South Asia News | Instant News


Pakistan on Thursday lifted a second imposed ban ICT tock for “immoral and unethical” content after the video sharing app again offered to moderate the upload.

A court in the northwestern city of Peshawar last month ordered communications regulators to block the app for videos deemed contrary to the country’s deeply conservative moral values.

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“The app assures us that we will filter and moderate the content,” Jahanzeb Mehsud, a lawyer for the Pakistan Telecommunications Agency, told AFP.

The Chinese-owned platform – hugely popular with Pakistani youth, especially in rural areas – has also agreed to moderate content after its first brief ban in October.

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One of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s advisers previously blamed her for promoting “the exploitation, objectification and sexualization” of young girls.

TikTok welcomes the lifting of the ban.

Free speech advocates have long criticized the government’s creeping censorship and control of Pakistan’s internet as well as print and electronic media.

Last year Pakistani regulators had asked YouTube to immediately block all videos they deemed “inappropriate” from being accessed in the country, a request criticized by human rights activists.

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