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Pakistan bans Bigo, issues ‘final warning’ to TikTok over vulgar content

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Pakistan on Monday banned Chinese live-streaming app Bigo and issued “final warning” to short video app TikTok over “obscene” and “immoral” content on these platforms. The “final warning” means that the Bytedance-owned app will have to put in place a “comprehensive mechanism to control obscenity, vulgarity and immorality” on its platform. We have reached out to Bigo and TikTok for comment. [caption id="attachment_218779" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] A copy of the order banning Bigo and issuing final warning to TikTok[/caption] The move comes just weeks after the country had temporarily banned popular gaming app PUBG, on July 1. Bigo and TikTok were among the 59 ‘Chinese’ applications banned in India last month over national security and privacy concerns (more on that below). Before being banned by the Indian government, TikTok was banned in India last year for over two weeks, on directions of the Madras High Court for allegedly promoting pornographic content and exposing children to sexual predators. In a strongly-worded statement, the Pakistan Telecom Authority, the regulator which handed the ban to Bigo and the final warning to Tiktok, said that a “number of complaints had been received from different segments of the society against immoral, obscene and vulgar content on social media applications particularly TikTok and Bigo, and their extremely negative effects on the society in general and youth in particular". It said that it had also issued necessary notices to Bigo and TikTok to “moderate the socialization and content within legal and moral limits, in accordance with the laws…

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