A high court in Pakistan suspended TikTok the famous Chinese video-sharing app, for spreading “immorality”, only three months after the previous ban of the app.
The Sindh high court ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to suspend the app till the next hearing on July 8. The suspension order was given out due to a Pakistani citizen filing a petition and accusing the app of spreading immorality and obscenity within the country.
Ali Zeb, a resident of Pakpattan in the Punjab province, alleged that the app was encouraging criminal behaviour, with people uploading videos of doing drugs or using weapons, furthermore the use of TikTok in educational institutions was leading to a bad environment for the students there.
The petitioner requested the government to take action by banning TikTok and setting up a mechanism to censor this sort of content.
This is the second time TikTok has been banned in Pakistan this year. In March in a similar situation, several citizens filed petitions calling for the ban of TikTok which resulted in the Peshawar High Court taking action and banning the app.
However, the ban was lifted after asking the PTA to take measures so that no immoral content was uploaded
Last year in October the PTA had banned TikTok for the first time after receiving complaints about indecent content being shared on the site but the ban only lasted for 10 days
Since these incidents, the Chinese app has reassured the PTA that it will operate as per local law and that no indecent content is uploaded.