Pakistan reverses TikTok Ban

The Pakistan Government rescinded the ban on the popular application, TikTok leading to mixed reactions across sections of the country. The ban was rescinded after TikTok provided a “reassurance” to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority to commit the app to moderate content, keeping in mind local laws and customs.

“TikTok is being unlocked after assurance from management that they will block all accounts repeatedly involved in spreading obscenity and immorality,” the regulator said on social media.

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TikTok, an instant video-sharing app, is owned by Bytedance, a Beijing-based app developing firm and is popular in various countries, presumably due to its user interface and likeness to YouTube. It has gained a loyal fan-base since its inception in 2016.

The Beijing-based app has faced a host of legal challenges in various countries, With a total ban in India and the United States administration pushing for complete removal of the app. Several apps have already fallen victim to bans this year by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority. In September, for example, the government said it blocked access to the dating apps Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr, and SayHi on the grounds of “immoral and indecent content.”

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