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TikTok will be available in Urdu for Pakistani users

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

07th Aug, 2020. 12:11 am
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On Thursday, TikTok has updated its community guidelines. From today onwards TikTok will be available in Urdu for its Pakistani users. 

The new update was taken after two weeks of PTA’s warning of blocking the  Chinese-owned video-sharing app in Pakistan over “obscene” content.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had issued a final warning on July 21 to TikTok and ordered it “to moderate the socialization and content within legal and moral limits, in accordance with the laws of the country”.

TikTok issued a press release today that provided the community guideline in Urdu to help “maintain a supportive and welcoming environment for its Pakistan users” in a way to offer more fun and creativity as TikTok is gaining popularity in Pakistan.

“Addressing this, TikTok has released an updated publication of the Community Guidelines in Urdu that will help and maintain a supportive and welcoming environment on TikTok for users in Pakistan,” said TikTok.

It highlighted that the community guidelines provide its assistance on:

“what is and what is not allowed on the platform, keeping TikTok a safe place for creativity and joy, and are localized and implemented in accordance with local laws and norms”.

“TikTok’s teams remove content that violates the Community Guidelines and suspends or bans accounts involved in severe or repeated violations. 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,” it added.

It is pertinent to mention here that various complaints were registered against TikTok for spreading vulgarity and immorality against society. In response, PTA had warned TikTok to correct its content’s format.

TikTok had also replied to PTA by saying that it is the top priority of the company was to maintain “a safe and positive in-app environment”.

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