TikTok ban by PTA challenged in SHC

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

13th Oct, 2020. 06:11 pm
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TikTok ban by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been challenged in the Sindh High Court.

According to the petitioner, the ban is a violation of Article 19 of the Consitution and over 20 million people use the video-sharing app, TikTok.

Article 19:

“Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defense of Pakistan or any part thereof friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, [commission of] or incitement to an offense.”

The petitioner stated that people who are misusing the app should be punished and should block his ID. He added,

“It is unreasonable to block the entire application.”

He requested that SHC should take a step to lift the ban from TikTok. Moreover, his petition will be heard on October 15.

On the other hand, the negotiations between TikTok and PTA continued today online.

According to the details, a discussion was held between the two about how content presently “unlawful” under Pakistani law and how it can be changed according to the rules.

PTA revealed that a TikTok representative also discussed the future plans of the app.

The PTA chairman said,

“The provision of a safe internet experience will be guaranteed for users in Pakistan.”

PTA Banned In Pakistan:

TikTok Banned: 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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