Former Additional Director General (ADG) Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Ammar Jaffri, has revealed that fake content had started appearing frequently on TikTok, the short video sharing platform, which forced the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ban the application in the country.
While speaking with a local media outlet, the former FIA official justified the PTA’s decision to ban TikTok in Pakistan, adding that similar reservations about the fake content on the application have been raised in the United States as well.
He said that TikTok’s administration would capitulate if Pakistan and other countries increase pressure for the removal of fake content from the application.
Pressure will start mounting on TikTok authorities if Pakistan and other countries jointly raise their reservations on the fake content available on the platform.
Last week, PTA had banned TikTok in Pakistan after receiving a large number of complaints from different segments of the society against vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude content on the video-sharing platform.
Prior to the ban, PTA had issued 2 warnings to TikTok, directing it to set up effective content monitoring and moderation mechanism to proactively remove inappropriate content for viewership in Pakistan. In its last warning, the telecom regulator had warned TikTok of taking necessary action under Pakistan’s laws in case of failure to remove inappropriate content from viewership in the country.
Recently, the Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), Aminul Haq, alluded to the conditional restoration of TikTok in Pakistan, adding that PTA would lift the ban from TikTok once it starts adhering to the policy guidelines of Pakistan’s government.
On the other hand, TikTok said that it will soon make a comeback in Pakistan. In a tweet from the official handle of TikTok Pakistan, the company said that it is working to restore TikTok with some conditions.
Meanwhile, the masses support the ban on TikTok, urging PTA to keep the video-sharing platform banned in Pakistan.
Do you think #TikTok should remain blocked in Pakistan?
— ProPakistani (@ProPakistaniPK) October 9, 2020