World news – Pakistan lifts the week-long ban on TikTok for racy content


PESHAWAR, Pakistan – The Pakistani media regulator resumed access to the Chinese video service TikTok on Thursday after a court banned it weeks ago and urged authorities to ensure it did not contain « vulgar » content.

The Peshawar court issued the ban on March 11th after complaints about the alleged presence of « immoral and indecent content » on the popular social media app. On Thursday, after consulting the media agency, it was lifted.

At the hearing, the agency’s chief representative, Tariq Gandapur, said that contact had been made with TikTok to ensure that those who shared obscene content were blocked. China’s ByteDance app has been downloaded nearly 39 million times in Pakistan.

Pakistan and China are close allies in the region. Last year, Pakistan blocked TikTok for 10 days for the same issue.

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