Pakistan on Friday banned the popular app, TikTok, for sharing short videos due to its “immoral” contents, after it finally blocked major dating apps for the same reasons.
“The application did not fully respect the instructions, and therefore recommendations were issued to ban the application of Tik Tok in the country,” the Pakistan Communications Authority said in a statement.
The authority had previously issued two warnings to “TikTok”, in which it demanded that the application prohibit “immoral, vulgar and vulgar” content published on it.
Agence France-Presse correspondents reported that communication with “Tik Tok” was impossible in Pakistan on Friday evening.
Arslan Khalid, an advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan for digital media affairs, recently confirmed that “the exploitation, commodification, and sexualization of girls via TikTok”, all of which cause suffering among parents.
TikTok expressed in a statement, “We hope to reach an agreement that will help us serve our dynamic and creative electronic community in the country.”
Digital rights activist Usama Khalaji said, “Tik Tok is a major source of entertainment for Pakistanis from the middle classes and below, in addition to illiterate citizens, equivalent to half of the population, because it is based on video recordings,” denouncing what he considered a violation of freedom of expression.
Pakistan is fighting a fierce battle against online services, which it accuses of spreading vice in society.
In early September, Islamabad banned several dating apps, including Tinder, for the same motives.
At the end of August, the Pakistani authorities called on YouTube, affiliated with Google, to prohibit “vulgar, obscene, immoral, images of nudity, and hate speech.”
Last year, Bangladesh banned this application as part of the laws against pornographic content, while Indonesia banned it for a short time due to cases related to the blasphemy laws
The authorities of neighboring India have also banned TikTok, owned by the Chinese “ByteDance” group, along with dozens of other Chinese applications, due to national security concerns. TikTok faces increasing criticism over the way it collects user data, but it has repeatedly denied sharing any of this data with the Chinese authorities.