TikTok Banned in Pakistan Again
Ban imposed under relevant provisions of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 - File Photo / AP

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has once again blocked the popular short video sharing application 'TikTok'.

According to a statement issued by PTA, in the light of relevant provisions of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016, the authority has blocked access to the TikTok app and website in the country.

The statement said that this action was taken due to the constant presence of inappropriate content on the platform and failure to stop such content on the platform.

It may be recalled that on June 28 this year, the Sindh High Court had banned TikTok at the request of a citizen against whom the PTA had filed a miscellaneous petition.

The PTA took a stand before the court that the PTA has to decide on the petition of the complainant. After the decision, the petitioner can approach the Sindh High Court.

"We should also be heard. Our position was not heard at the time of the decision," he said.

The High Court later ordered the PTA to expedite the disposal of TikTok applications and withdrew the ban on TikTok.

Earlier in March this year, the Peshawar High Court had also ordered the closure of  TikTok due to the presence of immoral material.

TikTok was shut down immediately following court orders and the short video sharing application was closed for a few days.

The PTA also shut down TikTok nationwide in October 2020 due to the presence of unethical content, after the PTA had issued notices to the application management to remove pornographic content.

The TikTok administration later claimed to have removed millions of videos based on inappropriate content, after which the PTA restored the TikTok service.

In March 2021, the TikTok service was suspended for 10 days on the orders of the Peshawar High Court, after which the TikTok administration restored the service in April on claims and assurances that the pornographic videos had been removed.

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