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Pakistan overturns TikTok ban after app promises to block ‘obscene’, ‘immoral’ accounts

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Pakistan overturned its ban on TikTok on Monday, only ten days after first banning it for allowing “indecent”, and “immoral” content. TikTok’s management assured the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority that that they will block all accounts which are repeatedly involved in spreading obscenity and immorality, as per a statement by the regulator. The company has also agreed to moderate content in accordance with local laws. We have reached out to TikTok to understand the terms it had to accept to be able to operate in Pakistan, and which "local laws" it has to comply with. https://twitter.com/PTAofficialpk/status/1318129905914302465 The app was banned in Pakistan on October 9 after PTA claimed it had received a number of complaints against “immoral/indecent” content on the video sharing platform. At the time, PTA had said that it had given TikTok “considerable time” to develop a framework to moderate “unlawful content”. However, at the same time, it had left the door open for TikTok to be able to operate in the country should it agree to create a “satisfactory mechanism” to moderate content. In a statement on October 17 — two days before overturning the ban — TikTok had reportedly said that it can assess allocation of resources towards the Pakistani market, if Pakistan decided to remove the ban on TikTok. It also said that after the app was banned in the country, it continued to engage with the PTA to further enhance its content moderation policies, however, “though the PTA acknowledged and appreciated these efforts, our services…

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