Pakistan to unblock TikTok after it vows to moderate content

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Pakistan has made a decision to lift a ban on viral social networking app TikTok after the company vowed to block all accounts involved in spreading “obscenity and immorality”, the nation’s telecom authority has said.

The move stems some 10 days later Pakistan blocked TikTok for failing to block “immoral and indecent” articles.

“TikTok has agreed to moderate accounts in accordance with local laws,” said a spokesman for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), adding that the app needed some 20 million monthly active customers from the country.

TikTok was the third most-downloaded app in Pakistan over the last 12 months, behind WhatsApp and Facebook, according to analytics vendor SensorTower.

PTA had stated it was open to discussions with TikTok if the business was ready to moderate unlawful content.

TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, is becoming hugely popular within a short period of time, by encouraging young users to bill short videos. However, the app was mired in controversy in several of countries, with government increasing privacy issues and security fears due to its links with China.

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TikTok has denied that its ties to China pose a security concern in other nations.

In June, it had been blocked in India – its biggest market in terms of users – which cited national security concerns amid border tensions with China.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Asif Shahzad. Writing by Euan Rocha. Editing by Catherine Evans and Bernadette Baum.

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