A Pakistani court docket has ordered a ban on the TikTok social media platform over alleged “obscene content material”, the second time the app has been banned within the South Asian nation in lower than six months.
The Peshawar Excessive Court docket’s Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan made the ruling throughout a listening to right into a petition towards the platform on Thursday.
Khan described some movies uploaded on the favored platform as being “unacceptable for Pakistani society”, and ordered the nation’s web regulator to ban the service till it put in place content material controls deemed acceptable by the court docket.
The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) “will comply to court docket orders”, the regulator’s spokesperson Khurram Mehran informed Al Jazeera.
TikTok challenged the ruling saying it has tips to observe content material.
“TikTok is constructed upon the inspiration of artistic expression, with robust safeguards in place to maintain inappropriate content material off the platform,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement.
“In Pakistan we have now grown our local-language moderation group, and have mechanisms to report and take away content material in violation of our neighborhood tips. We stay up for persevering with to serve the hundreds of thousands of TikTok customers and creators in Pakistan who’ve discovered a house for creativity and enjoyable.”
In October, the PTA banned TikTok over related allegations, saying the platform had did not filter out “immoral and indecent” content material.
Ten days later, it lifted the ban, saying Pakistani authorities had been assured by TikTok’s administration that “they may block all accounts repeatedly concerned in spreading obscenity and immorality”.
The platform, which permits customers to share brief movies with one another, is vastly well-liked within the South Asian nation of 220 million folks, and has greater than 20 million lively month-to-month customers, in keeping with analytics agency Sensor Tower.
Fashionable Pakistani customers on the platform have follower counts within the tons of of 1000’s of customers.