The Pakistani Telecommunications Authority (PTA) informed the Peshawar High Court (PHC) that the TikTok ban will continue until negative content is removed and an effective mechanism is established to track and removes negative content using the popular video sharing platform in Pakistan.
The press conference was held on Wednesday following the hearing of a joint petition from Peshawar residents calling for a total ban on TikTok for violating the Islamic provisions of Pakistan’s 1973 constitution from the outset.
PTA explained this in a detailed report submitted to the PHC, which included Chief Justice (PH) Qaisar Rashid Khan and Judge Ijaz Anwar, and urged TikTok to remove illegal content and implement a proactive mechanism for police content in Pakistan. Cybercrime Prevention, Eradication and Unlawful Cybercrime 2016 in line with 2020 rules
Following orders from the Sindh High Court (SHC) and the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the Telecommunications Authority contacted TikTok first on July 13 and July 19 this year. However, TikTok does not comply with the PTA rules that led to the ban on the platform for sharing short videos nationwide on July 20, 2021.
The PTA is currently in constant contact with TikTok and is constantly monitoring the platform’s actions in accordance with the general directives and guidelines of the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority to promote safe and responsible use among its users in Pakistan, mainly young people under the age of 18 age.
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