Karachi: Pakistani authorities again blocked the popular TikTok social media application on Thursday after a court ruling on a private citizen’s petition accusing the company of promoting obscene content.
“The TikTok ban is effective from today,” a representative of the company told AFP, and users confirmed they could not access their accounts or view the short video clips that have made the app one of the most popular in the country.
“It is absurd,” said Imdad Kazmi, studying mass communication at a government university.
“It affects thousands of people who promote their products, fashion and other goods. The ban is not a solution at all.”
Chinese-owned TikTok has been shut down twice before in Pakistan because of alleged “indecent” content — most recently in March, after which the company pledged to better moderate content.
The company said on Wednesday that it had removed more than 6 million videos from its Pakistan service in the past three months alone, and about 15% of the videos contained “adult nudity and sexual activity.”
A spokesperson said that the content has been deleted due to user and government requirements.