Ban on TikTok lifted in Pakistan: Fawad Chaudhry

April 1, 2021 12:18 pm by Web Desk


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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday said that Peshawar High Court (PHC) has lifted the ban on TikTok ordered by a single-member bench of the same court.

“Peshawar High Court has suspended the operation of single bench judgement, ban on TikTok has been lifted,” tweeted the federal minister

The minister said Pakistan should be careful while taking decisions that may cause harm to the economic future of the country.

“We need a framework to encourage international companies to make Pakistan their investment hub,” said the minister.

Read more: PTA directs service providers to ban TikTok

‘TikTok appoints focal person’

During today’s hearing, PHC CJ Qaiser Rashid Khan asked the PTA official what action the authority has taken to remove the “immoral content” on the platform.

The PTA DG told the court that they had taken up the issue with TikTok’s management again. He added that the company has hired a focal person on the issue.

“We will monitor all the immoral and illegal things being uploaded on TikTok,” said the DG PTA.

To this, the judge told the PTA that it should have a system that can differentiate between “good and bad”.

“When PTA take action [against immoral content], people will not upload such videos,” said Justice Qaiser.

The PTA official responded to this saying they have talked to TikTok management to block those who make such mistakes again and again.

The court then issued orders to unblock the app and ordered PTA to work on stopping immoral content on the Chinese app.

“Open TikTok but immoral content should not be uploaded,” said the court while issuing the orders. The court also adjourned the hearing till May 25 and asked the DG PTA to present a detailed report on the matter.

PTA directs service providers to ban TikTok

Last month, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had directed the country’s service providers to block users’ access to video-sharing app TikTok — in line with the court’s orders.

The PHC had ordered Pakistani authorities to immediately ban the video-sharing platform in the country.

“In respectful compliance to the orders of the Peshawar High Court, PTA has issued directions to the service providers to immediately block access to the TikTok App,” the PTA said.

The orders were issued by PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan, who was hearing a petition filed by a citizen seeking a ban on Tiktok.

Read more: Youth using TikTok like addiction, says PHC in detailed judgment

This was the second time that the widely used App was banned in Pakistan.

In October of last year, the PTA had blocked the Chinese-owned video-sharing app after the company “failed to fully comply” with its instructions for “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”.


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