Pakistan lifts TikTok’s week-long ban on racy content


Pakistan, Peshawar (AP) — Pakistani media regulators banned China’s video service TikTok a few weeks ago and asked authorities to confirm that it did not contain “vulgar” content. We resumed access to Chinese video service TikTok on Thursday.

A court in Peshawar issued a ban on March 11 following complaints about the existence of “immoral and obscene content” in popular social media apps. After consulting with a media agency on Thursday, it abolished it.

At the hearing, high-ranking government official Tariq Gandapur said contact with TikTok had been established to ensure that people sharing obscene content were blocked. Owned by ByteDance in China, this app has been downloaded about 39 million times in Pakistan.

Pakistan and China are close allies in the region. Last year, Pakistan blocked TikTok for 10 days on the same issue.

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