Pakistani court bans TikTok after petition was filed against its ‘immoral and indecent’ content – media

The Peshawar High Court has ruled in favor of a man who petitioned it to ban the video sharing app, which is popular among teenagers, on moral grounds, local media reported.

The court ruled that the ban should be applied starting from Thursday, according to Dunya News. The petition was first reported in September 2020, after an unidentified man complained to the court and other government bodies about TikTok. He argued that the platform promotes “vulgar” and “pornographic” content harmful to Pakistani youth and claimed that this leads to an increase in suicide rates in the country.

Also, in July, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) – one of the recipients of the complaint in question – issued a warning to TikTok, demanding that it introduce moderation of “obscenity, vulgarity, and immorality through its social media platform.” The regulator said it was the final warning for the service.

The ban issued by the Peshawar High Court will remain in place until TikTok takes action against objectionable content, Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan said.


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