Pakistan blocks TikTok again over ‘inappropriate content’

ISLAMABAD: The popular TikTok video-sharing app was blocked on Wednesday in Pakistan for a fourth time because of “inappropriate content”, the country’s telecommunication regulator said.

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The Chinese-owned site has fought a series of legal battles with religious activists and authorities in the nation, and was shut down for two days earlier this month on the order of a provincial court.

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“The action has been taken due to continuous presence of inappropriate content on the platform and its failure to take such content down,” the telecoms authority said in a statement.

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A local TikTok representative did not immediately comment.

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The app has a huge fan base in Pakistan, where many people use it to market and sell goods online.

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But its critics say it promotes vulgarity and LGBTQ content.

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In June, TikTok said it had removed more than six million videos available to Pakistan users in just three months following complaints from officials and ordinary users.

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Around 15 per cent of the videos removed were taken down because of “adult nudity and sexual activities”, the company said.

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Officials have previously asked YouTube to block content they deem objectionable, and several dating apps are prohibited.

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