IHC issues notice to PTA over Tik Tok Ban in Pakistan

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

15th Oct, 2020. 10:10 am

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday has issued notice to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in the petition filed against the ban on social media app Tik Tok.

According to the details, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has summoned a senior PTA officer in person.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition filed by Ashfaq Jutt, a Lahore-based sportsman and athlete.

Ashfaq, in his petition, said that his income increased tenfold subsequent to using the platform. However, due to the unlawful arbitrary PTA ban, his business was seriously affected.

The petition states that PTA’s action of banning the app through a press release was in violation of the mandatory requirement to communicate a formal and speaking order while exercising its power under Section 37(1) of the Act.

TIK TOK Banned in Pakistan

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked the Chinese-based video-sharing app TikTok after the company failed to comply with the instructions for “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said that this measure was taken after they received multiple complaints from different segments of society against indecent and immoral and content on the platform.

“Keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, PTA issued a final notice to the application and gave considerable time to respond and comply with the Authority instructions for the development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content,” the statement reads issued by PTA.

“The application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country.”

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