Effective October 9, TikTok is officially banned in Pakistan, leaving millions of Pakistani users without access to the popular app, after authorities exercised their power to crack down the application over its “immoral contents.”
Not necessarily a poignant case of outright censorship, the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority (PTA) claims it had warned TikTok over its “immoral, obscene, and vulgar” contents, demanding their blocking, a few times.
But TikTok did not seem to heed the warning twice, resulting to PTA’s action to ban it from the country.
Part also of the drive to forbid TikTok is due to the emotional pain that the app is causing among parents who saw the app as a tool for “exploitation, objectification & sexualization of young girls.”
The banning of TikTok in Pakistan subsequently caused shockwaves all over the country, ruffling the feathers of common users of the app and rights activists alike.
Known for its ultra-conservative stance as an Islamic country, Pakistan has also recently seen the prohibition of dating applications like Tinder and Grindr. In addition, it is now also threatening to shut down the popular video streaming website, YouTube.