World News – GB – Exclusive: Pakistan to block social media app TikTok for ‘immoral’ content – sources


ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan decided to block social media app TikTok for failing to screen « immoral » content, three top government officials said on Friday

An official announcement to this effect will be made in a few hours, officials said

« We have repeatedly called on them to put in place an effective mechanism to block immoral and indecent content, » one of the senior officials directly involved in the decision told Reuters

« The platform, however, has not been able to fully satisfy the Pakistani authorities. The decision has been taken to block TikTok’s access to Pakistan, » he said

In July, the Pakistani telecommunications regulator issued a « final warning » to the abridged video application regarding explicit content posted on the platform [L3N2ES2ND]

TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, has been caught in a firestorm around the world due to security and privacy concerns It has previously been blocked in India and is under review meticulous in countries from Australia to the United States

The decision was taken after Prime Minister Imran Khan took a keen interest in the matter, a second official in Pakistan said, adding that Khan ordered the telecoms authorities to make every effort to block the content vulgar in the conservative Islamic republic

Report by Asif Shahzad; Aditya Kalra additional reports; Editing by Euan Rocha and Toby Chopra and Kirsten Donovan

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World news – GB – Exclusive: Pakistan to block social media app TikTok for ‘immoral’ content – sources


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