The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked TikToK to block vulgar, indecent and immoral content for viewership in Pakistan.
“Keeping in view the growing concerns in the society with respect to content on the platform, the PTA chairman had an online meeting with senior management of TikTok,” according to an official statement issued by PTA.
Press Release: PTA has asked TikToK to block the vulgar, indecent and immoral content for viewership in Pakistan.
Keeping in view the growing concerns in the society with respect to content on the platform, Chairman PTA had an online meeting with senior management of TikTok. pic.twitter.com/HMJPBQxbgt
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) August 28, 2020
The PTA chairman Major General (retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa asked the platform to put in place stronger content monitoring and moderation mechanism so that the unlawful material is not accessible or viewed within Pakistan.
Earlier in July, the PTA had issued a ‘final warning‘ to the video-sharing app to clamp down on what it called “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content on the platform.
In its response, TikTok shared a content moderation mechanism for removing any potentially harmful or inappropriate content from its platform, saying that Pakistan is one of the five markets with the largest volume of removed videos.
The company said content moderation is performed by deploying a combination of policies, technologies, and moderation strategies to detect and review problematic content, accounts and implement appropriate penalties.
TikTok has become a global sensation with its 15 to 60-second video clips and is hugely popular among young Pakistanis, with some users building up millions of followers.