The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said on Monday that Pakistan has decided to lift the ban on the popular social media application TikTok after the company vowed to block all accounts related to the spread of “obscene and unethical behavior.”
The move came about 10 days after Pakistan blocked TikTok for failing to block “immoral and indecent” content.
A spokesperson for the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said: “TikTok has agreed to audit accounts in accordance with local laws.” He added that the app has approximately 20 million monthly active users in the country.
According to data from the analytics company SensorTower, TikTok was the third most downloaded app in Pakistan in the past 12 months, after WhatsApp and Facebook.
PTA has stated that if the company is willing to mitigate illegal content, it is willing to discuss with TikTok.
TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, has gained popularity in a short period of time by encouraging young users to post short videos. However, the application has been caught in controversy in many countries, and the authorities have raised concerns about privacy and security due to its links with China.
TikTok denied that its relationship with China caused security problems in other countries.
In June, it was blocked in India (the market with the largest users at the time), and the country mentioned national security issues in the border tensions with China.
© Thomson Reuters 2020
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