TikTok’s mission is to inspire creativity and joy, and that’s just what they’ve done in Pakistan, said TikTok in a statement adding that its disappointed over the ban in Pakistan.
Without commenting on PTA’s objections, TikTok said that it has built a community whose creativity and passion have brought joy to households across Pakistan and opened vital economic opportunities to incredibly talented creators.
“This is why we are disappointed that our users and creators in Pakistan are still unable to access TikTok, more than one week after our services were blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)”, said the company.
Over the past year, TikTok says that they made concerted efforts to address questions from the Government of Pakistan around their content moderation process, including significantly increasing the capacity of their local language content moderation team.
After TikTok was blocked in Pakistan, it continued to engage with PTA to demonstrate its commitment to comply with local laws and further enhance its content moderation capacity.
Though PTA acknowledged and appreciated these efforts, TikTok’s services remain blocked in the country and it has received no communication from PTA.
It hopes that their productive dialogue with the PTA can bring assurance of the government’s commitment to a stable, enabling environment whereby they can explore investing further in the market, including in the inspiring talent it has seen thrive on TikTok.
If the government of Pakistan decides to reopen access to its services in the future, it will certainly assess the allocation of resources to this market.
It’s unfortunate that Pakistan’s vibrant online community is still unable to showcase their talent and creativity to TikTok’s hundreds of millions of users worldwide.
We look forward to being able to reconnect with the energetic and talented youth of Pakistan and play our role in the success story of Pakistan.