The favored TikTok video-sharing app was blocked Wednesday in Pakistan for a fourth time due to “inappropriate content material”, the nation’s telecommunication regulator stated.
The Chinese language-owned web site has fought a collection of authorized battles with non secular activists and authorities within the conservative Muslim nation, and was shut down for 2 days earlier this month on the order of a provincial courtroom.
Freedom of speech advocates have lengthy criticised creeping authorities censorship and management of Pakistan’s web and media.
“The motion has been taken attributable to steady presence of inappropriate content material on the platform and its failure to take such content material down,” the telecoms authority stated in an announcement.
An area TikTok consultant didn’t instantly remark.
The app has an enormous fan base in Pakistan, the place many individuals use it to market and promote items on-line.
However its critics within the deeply conservative Muslim nation say it promotes vulgarity and LGBTQ content material.
In June, TikTok stated it had eliminated greater than six million movies accessible to Pakistan customers in simply three months following complaints from officers and strange customers.
Round 15 p.c of the movies eliminated have been taken down due to “grownup nudity and sexual actions”, the corporate stated.
Officers have beforehand requested YouTube to dam content material they deem objectionable, and several other relationship apps are prohibited.
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