The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has ordered an immediate ban on the popular social media app TikTok, owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance.
The ruling was delivered in light of complaints against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing platform.
The petition against TikTok was heard in the Peshawar High Court and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Director General, Deputy Attorney General and lawyers appeared before the court and presented their arguments.
PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rasheed Khan while announcing the verdict remarked that indecent videos being uploaded on the TikTok are negatively impacting Pakistani youth, adding that it’s our duty to protect the young generation from immoral activities. “TikTok videos are not acceptable to our society as these spread vulgarity. The reports we are receiving about it are regrettable and the app should be shut down immediately,” the PHC chief justice said.
Earlier in October 2020, authorities in Pakistan have announced the lifting of a ban on TikTok, saying they received assurances from the video-sharing platform that it would moderate the content in accordance with local laws.
TikTok is being unlocked after assurance from management that they will block all accounts repeatedly involved in spreading obscenity and immorality.
TikTok will moderate the account in accordance with local laws.
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) October 19, 2020