Pakistan bans TikTok for ‘immoral’ content

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday issued instructions to block controversial video-sharing platform TikTok.

In a statement, the PTA said the ban followed a number of complaints about the type of content shared on the app.

“In view of a number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content on the video-sharing application TikTok, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued instructions for blocking of the application,” it wrote.

The PTA said after considering the complaints, as well as the nature of the content being “consistently” posted, it issued a final notice to the application.

The watchdog said it gave TikTok considerable time to respond and comply with its instructions for “development of effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”.

“However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country,” it continued.

“TikTok has

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Pakistan banned TikTok over ‘immoral and indecent’ content

  • The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said Friday the country was blocking TikTok after receiving complaints against “immoral and indecent” content on the video-sharing platform.
  • In July, the agency said it had issued a “final warning” to TikTok to remove “obscene and immoral content.” 
  • On Friday, authorities said the Chinese-owned company failed to fully comply with the instructions to develop an effective mechanism to control unlawful content.
  • The telecommunication authority kept the door open for a return of TikTok, saying “it is open for engagement” and would review its decision if TikTok develops a mechanism to moderate the content.
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company failed to fully comply with the instructions to develop an effective mechanism to control unlawful content.

In a statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said Friday that it took the step after receiving

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Pakistan bans Chinese app TikTok over unlawful content

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company failed to fully comply with the instructions to develop an effective mechanism to control unlawful content.

In a statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said Friday that it took the step after receiving complaints against “immoral and indecent” content on the video-sharing platform.

The PTA said that keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, the company was issued a final notice and given considerable time to respond and comply with instructions and guidelines.

But TikTok “failed to fully comply with PTA’s instructions,” after which the authority decided to ban it in Pakistan.

Shortly after the ban, the app began to show a blank interface with no text or images loading.

Pakistan has close relations with China.

The telecommunication authority kept the door open for a return of TikTok, saying

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Pakistan bans TikTok for ‘immoral’ and ‘indecent’ videos

Pakistan’s telecom regulator has banned TikTok, claiming the app failed to remove “immoral” and “indecent” content. The ban comes just over a month after the regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, banned dating apps, including Tinder and Grindr, for the same reason.

TikTok had been installed 43 million times in Pakistan, according to the analytics firm Sensor Tower. That made it the app’s 12th largest market in terms of installs. The firm estimates TikTok has been installed 2.2 billion times total across Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

The ban comes just a few months after TikTok was removed in India over concerns around the app’s Chinese ownership. The United States is still moving to ban TikTok over those same concerns. The ban itself is currently on hold due to a court order, but

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Pakistan Bans TikTok for ‘Immoral’ and ‘Indecent’ Content

Pakistan’s telecommunications regulator ordered providers to block the popular social media app TikTok on Friday due to the company’s inability to remove “immoral” and “indecent” content.

In a statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said it gave TikTok “considerable time to respond and comply” with its instructions to moderate “unlawful online content” but said the company did not cooperate. In June, the app was put on “final notice” over its alleged failure to remove what the Pakistani government called “obscenity, vulgarity and immorality.”

Pakistan’s federal minister of science and technology, Fawad Chaudhry, however, said he disapproved of “moral policing” of apps by the courts and the PTA, though he did not name TikTok specifically in his statement.

Laura Perez, a TikTok spokesperson, said the company hopes to resolve the matter with the Pakistani government. “We believe feeling safe helps people feel comfortable expressing themselves openly and allows creativity to

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TikTok Is Being Blocked in Pakistan for Hosting ‘Immoral’ and ‘Indecent’ Content

TikTok will be blocked for users in Pakistan for hosting “immoral” and “indecent” content, its telecoms regulator announced Friday.

In a statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) claimed it had received a “number of complaints from different segments of the society” about the short form video app, which is currently owned by the Chinese tech firm ByteDance.

The agency said it was issuing instructions for the app to be blocked, although did not specify what content it believed to be in violation of its laws or regulations.

“Keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, PTA issued a final notice to the application and gave considerable time to respond and comply with the Authority instructions for development of effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content,” it nsaid.oted.

“However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions

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Telenor Pakistan Collaborates with Directorate of Science & Technology, KPK to Digitally Empower 500 Female Entrepreneurs

Staying true to its commitment of empowering societies and contributing to the country’s socio-economic uplift, Telenor Pakistan is fulfilling its pledge under World Bank’s Girls Learn Women Earn (GLWE) programme by expanding its reach to empower the underserved female entrepreneurs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This initiative is being taken in collaboration with Creative Innovative Unit (CIU), a platform established by Directorate of Science and Technology (DoST) KPK.

The ceremony was held at CIU’s office in Peshawar, where an MoU was signed between Telenor Pakistan and Creative Innovation Unit. Madiha Parvez, Head of Corporate Innovation & Digital Education, Telenor Pakistan and Bilal Jabbar, Project Director, CIU signed on behalf of the two organisations. Zia Ullah Khan Bangash, Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Science & Technology and Information Technology, Secretary ST&IT and other representatives from both organisations were also present.

Under this agreement, Telenor Pakistan with the assistance of CIU will

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Information technology will play critical role in making Pakistan self-reliant: PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the final session of the National Seminar on “Resetting & Rebooting Pakistan’s ICT Sector” at the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad, on October 7, 2020. — PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector held great potential for employment generation and revenue and will be critical to Pakistan’s success in the future.

“This government’s goal is a self-reliant Pakistan that can emerge as a global power,” he said.

The prime minister expressed these views while chairing the final session of National Seminar on “Resetting & Rebooting Pakistan’s ICT Sector” at the National Defence University (NDU), a press release issued by the PM Media Office said.

“We need to focus on our youth’s skill development,” said the prime minister.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, Governor Sindh

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Naval Chief Inaugurates Pakistan Maritime Science & Technology Park – Pakistan

  Published On 25 September,2020 09:25 pm

The core objective of PMSTP project is to jump start national blue economy

KARACHI (Dunya News) – Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi laid the foundation stone of Pakistan Maritime Science and Technology Park (PMSTP) and inaugurated Bahria School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (BSEAS) at Bahria University, Karachi.

Upon arrival, Chief of the Naval Staff was received by Rector Bahria University, Vice Admiral (Retd) Kaleem Shaukat, said a news release on Friday.

The core objective of PMSTP project is to jump start national blue economy through promotion of maritime sciences, technologies and businesses.

PMSTP will act as a vibrant platform for academia, government, industry collaboration and to further facilitate start-ups, industries and entrepreneurs through policy support.

PMSTP will house various Research, Design and Development (RD&D) Centers, Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and various other multi-purpose structures.

A dedicated space will be

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Naval Chief Inaugurates Pakistan Maritime Science & Technology Park

Naval Chief Inaugurates Pakistan Maritime Science & Technology Park
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KARACHI, Sep 25 (APP):Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi laid the foundation stone of Pakistan Maritime Science and Technology Park (PMSTP) and inaugurated Bahria School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (BSEAS) at Bahria University, Karachi.

Upon arrival, Chief of the Naval Staff was received by Rector Bahria University, Vice Admiral (Retd) Kaleem Shaukat, said a news release on Friday.

The core objective of PMSTP project is to jump start national blue economy through promotion of maritime sciences, technologies and businesses.

PMSTP will act as a vibrant platform for academia, government, industry collaboration and to further facilitate start-ups, industries and entrepreneurs through policy support.

PMSTP will house various Research, Design and Development (RD&D) Centers, Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and various other multi-purpose structures.

A dedicated space will be created to generate & maintain maritime innovation eco-system.

A state-of-the-art Maritime Skills Development Center will also be established

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