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Sindh High Court requested to intervene in TikTok ban

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In this file picture taken on August 27, 2020, the TikTok emblem is displayed exterior a TikTok workplace on in Culver City, California. — Mario Tama/AFP)A petitioner has moved the Sindh High Court to request the elimination of the ban by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on video-sharing app TikTok.According to the petitioner, there are 20 million customers of TikTok in Pakistan and the ban is a violation of Article 19 of the Constitution.Article 19 states: “Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or any part thereof friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, [commission of] or incitement to an offence.”The petitioner states that whoever is misusing the app ought to be penalised and his ID blocked. “It is unreasonable to block the entire application,” he provides.He has requested that the SHC intervene and carry the ban on TikTok. His petition has been accepted for listening to on October 15.PTA, TikTok negotiations continueMeanwhile, negotiations between PTA and TikTok continued in the present day on-line.A dialogue was held on how content material at the moment “unlawful” beneath Pakistani legal guidelines will be modified to adjust to the rules.A TikTok consultant offered a briefing on efforts by the app to average such content material.According to PTA, the consultant additionally detailed the corporate’s future technique.The chairman requested that TikTok Pakistan submit concrete timelines for the proposed measures it shall be taking, a press release by PTA stated.Both TikTok and PTA expressed the resolve to proceed negotiations to reach an answer acceptable to each.”The provision of a safe internet experience will be guaranteed for users in Pakistan,” stated the PTA chairman.PTA bans TikTokThe PTA had banned TikTok on October 9 after it “failed to fully comply” with its directions for “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content.”According to PTA, the step was taken after the authority received a number of complaints from different segments of society against “immoral and indecent” content on the video-sharing application.“Keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, PTA issued a final notice to the application and gave considerable time to respond and comply with the Authority’s instructions for the development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content,” a press release issued by the PTA learn.“The application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country.”

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