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PHC orders ban on TikTok over ‘obscene’ content

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The popular social media platform TikTok is going to be banned once again as the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has ordered Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to do so.  

On Thursday, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ban TikTok. PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan gave the order while hearing a petition against the social media platform. Kamran Gandapur, PTA Director, and deputy attorney generals Amir Javed and Asghar Kundi were also present in court. 

The platform was previously ordered to ban and PTA took strict action to ban the video-sharing application due to the “spreading obscenity in society”. Justice Khan said videos being uploaded to TikTok were “unacceptable for Pakistani society”. “TikTok is affecting most of the youth. Reports being received about the platform in Peshawar is sad.” 

He further said that videos being shared on the platform were highly destroying the youth of the country and were “spreading obscenity. This is why the platform is needed to be immediately closed.  

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The director of the PTA then said that the TikTok official has been sent the request but no positive response has yet received. “TikTok should be closed down unless their officials comply with your request and cooperate with you to prevent immoral content,” said Justice Khan. “It will be closed until your request is processed,” the court said. 

The Chief Justice then inquired that if the video-sharing application has any office located in the country on which he was told that its head office was located in Singapore and was controlled from Dubai but no office existed in Pakistan.  

TikTok was banned in October by PTA over unethical and inappropriate content. Its users were also warned many times, however, the PTA later restored TikTok with conditions and warnings.  

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