Pakistan restores TikTok services
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) on Friday restored the services of TikTok, a Chinese video-sharing app, in the country, according to an official statement.
The services of TikTok were restored on assurances of the Platform to control “immoral/indecent content”. The Chinese company also assured that users who are continuously involved in uploading unlawful content would be blocked from using the platform.
Subsequent to imposition of ban on July 20, 2021, PTA remained in communication with the TikTok management. As a result of continuous engagement, senior management of the platform assured PTA of its commitment to take necessary measures to control unlawful content in accordance with “local laws and societal norms”.
PTA will continue to monitor the platform in order to ensure that unlawful content contrary to Pakistan’s law and societal values is not disseminated, according to the statement.
On November 3, TikTok Head of Public Policy-Emerging Markets and Head of Global CSR, Helena Lersch along with her team visited PTA Headquarters in Islamabad and held a meeting with Chairman PTA Amir Azeem Bajwa. Both officials had discussed in detail the contents and their relevance to local laws and social norms.
During the meeting, the TikTok senior representative highlighted various initiatives being taken along with future strategy and investment in the local market for ensuring safe, productive, informative and legitimate content to Pakistani users, according to an official statement.
TikTok is one of the popular video-sharing apps in Pakistan with millions of users.