The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has seemingly, uplifted the ban on the popular video-sharing and content making application, TikTok. TikTok was banned after PTA ruled that the application had content on it which was not fit to be viewed by the community of Pakistan. The development to uplift the ban came on Thursday morning after an order that was passed by the Peshawar High Court (PHC). In the hearing of a case that discussed the dissemination of vulgar content through TikTok, a bench that was headed by the Chief Justice, Qaiser Rashid, conditioned the lifting of the ban with government assurance such immoral content can not be uploaded on the Pakistani version of the application.
In contrast, the Chief Justice of the PHC also asked the Director-General of PTA regarding the actions that have been taken to remove vulgar content from the framework of the application. The Director General then replied that he was in contact with the team of TikTok and that they were always communicating on the rpoblem of removing objectionable content from the application and that they were now looking towards the regularization of such content. He also stated that the authority has appointed very dedicated person for Pakistan to express the complaint process and to ensure that vulgar and immoral videos will be deleted from the platform as soon as it is reported on the platform.
After taking his argument in to account, the court ordered for the ban to be upheld on the Chinese video making application on the condition that immoral and vulgar content will not be tolerated on the platform. The case has since then been adjourned until May 25. Back in March 12, the high court ordered a ban on TikTok until and unless some mechanism is devised to filter out the material that is considered to be immoral and indecent and goes against the community guidelines of Pakistan.