PHC lifts ban on TikTok after three weeks

PHC lifts ban on TikTok after three weeks

PESHAWAR – The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday has lifted the ban on social media video-sharing app TikTok after three weeks.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Qaiser Rahid, announced a brief verdict on April 1. The court allowed the government to unblock TikTok in Pakistan. The PHC directed the government to ensure that immoral content is not uploaded to the app.

Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid remarked that the application can be unblocked but “indecent” content should not be uploaded on it.

The bench asked the PTA director general about the steps taken to remove “inappropriate” content from the app. The DG said that they discussed the matter with TikTok admins. The DG said that they want to block or remove people who upload “vulgar” videos.

Once users realise that PTA is taking action against them, then they will stop uploading controversial videos, Justice Rasheed said.

The DG has been told to submit a detailed response in the case. The hearing has been adjourned till May 25.

It is pertinent to mention here that the PTA is expected to unblock video-sharing app TikTok after three weeks on the instructions of the PHC.

Earlier, the PHC had ordered a ban on the short video sharing entertainment app. The court directed the PTA to block the app “until and unless some mechanism is devised to filter the material which is immoral and indecent and goes against our norms and ethics.”