The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked popular video sharing application, TikTok, for failing to remove “immoral” content on Friday, October 9, 2020.
“In view of the number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content on the video-sharing application TikTok, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued instructions for blocking the application,” the authority said in its official notification.
TikToker Janat Mirza, who has amassed 10 million followers on the app (the most in Pakistan), has said that she supports a temporary ban on the popular Chinese app.
Janat said in a video message that she was in Japan at the moment and found out about the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) ban through a phone call.
“In my opinion, this is a very good step because there has been a lot of rudeness on TikTok in the recent past,” said the Pakistani TikToker. She said that the ban should be lifted after SOPs have been devised and a mechanism to review posts before they are posted is created.
Janat Mirza said that it would not be appropriate to impose a permanent ban on TikTok because a lot of people were showcasing their skills and getting various offers to build their careers.
The social media star added that there should be a team in Pakistan to monitor TikTok. This will help in developing talent.
Imran Abbas, on the other hand, took a jibe on TikTok being banned in the country. Taking to Instagram, the Akbari Asghari star shared the news and quipped, “Maybe 2020 isn’t so bad.
Like Abbas, renowned cricketer Shahid Afridi, too, welcomed the ban on TikTok. While addressing the media outside his house, the former cricketer shared he is ecstatic about the recent ban and hopes that the ban will be in place permanently.