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Pakistan bans Bigo and TikTok

Pakistan bans streaming app Bigo, points warning to TikTok

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Pakistan has banned stay streaming app Bigo and issued a “last warning” to Chinese language social media app TikTok over content material deemed immoral or obscene.

“On complaints of immoral, obscene and vulgar content material, streaming app Bigo has been blocked in Pakistan.

“TikTok has additionally been served with last warning on identical grounds,’’ Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday.

The authority mentioned it had issued notices to those social media firms to average the content material inside authorized and ethical limits however “the response of those firms has not been passable.”

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The PTA mentioned affect of the apps, significantly on youth, had been “adverse.”

Lately, a petitioner requested the Lahore Excessive Courtroom to ban the app for spreading pornographic and immoral content material.

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Earlier this month, Pakistan briefly banned entry to the favored on-line recreation PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) after studies of suicides and psychological well being points amongst younger folks.

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The PTA mentioned the choice was taken after quite a few complaints by mother and father, police and docs, saying that the sport had made kids addicted.

YouTube and different websites have additionally confronted periodic blocks in Pakistan over content material that’s deemed to be blasphemous.

(dpa/NAN)

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