After a brief blockade, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been given permission to lift the ban on TikTok, a video-sharing application.
The news broke on Thursday morning after the Peshawar High Court (PHC) released an order in this regard.
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A bench led by Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid conditioned the lifting of the ban on the government’s guarantee that immoral material will not be uploaded to the app during the hearing of a case involving the dissemination of vulgar content through the app.
The Director-General of PTA was questioned by the Chief Justice of PHC about steps taken to delete inappropriate material from the app. The DG responded that he had contacted TikTok about the regularisation of such material once more.
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He mentioned that the company has named a focal person for Pakistan in order to speed up the complaint resolution process, and that obscene and immoral videos will be removed from the site as soon as they are published.
After hearing his case, the court ordered that the Chinese app’s ban be lifted on the condition that such material be prohibited on TikTok. The case has been rescheduled for May 25.
The high court had previously ordered a ban on TikTok until a system is formulated to filter content that is unethical and indecent, as well as material that violates our norms and ethics, on March 12.