Pakistan Blocks TikTok For Fourth Time Over “Inappropriate Content”
The fashionable TikTok video-sharing app was blocked Wednesday in Pakistan for a fourth time due to “inappropriate content”, the nation’s telecommunication regulator mentioned.
The Chinese-owned website has fought a collection of authorized battles with non secular activists and authorities within the conservative Muslim nation, and was shut down for 2 days earlier this month on the order of a provincial court docket.
Freedom of speech advocates have lengthy criticised creeping authorities censorship and management of Pakistan’s web and media.
“The action has been taken due to continuous presence of inappropriate content on the platform and its failure to take such content 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.
But its critics within the deeply conservative Muslim nation say it promotes vulgarity and LGBTQ content material.
In June, TikTok mentioned it had eliminated greater than six million movies accessible to Pakistan customers in simply three months following complaints from officers and strange customers.
Around 15 p.c of the movies eliminated had been taken down due to “adult nudity and sexual activities”, the corporate mentioned.
Officials have beforehand requested YouTube to dam content material they deem objectionable, and several other relationship apps are prohibited.
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