The standard TikTok video-sharing app was blocked Wednesday in Pakistan for a fourth time due to “inappropriate content material”, the nation’s telecommunications regulator stated.
The Chinese-owned website 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 criticized creeping authorities censorship and management of Pakistan’s web and media.
“The motion has been taken because of 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.
A neighborhood TikTok consultant didn’t remark instantly.
The app has an enormous fan base in Pakistan, the place many individuals use it to market and promote items on-line.
But 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 out there to Pakistan customers in simply three months following complaints from officers and odd customers.
Around 15 p.c of the movies eliminated had been taken down due to “grownup nudity and sexual actions”, the corporate stated.
Officials have beforehand requested YouTube to dam content material they deem objectionable, and a number of other relationship apps are prohibited.
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