Pakistan has reportedly lifted its ban on TikTok. Pakistan blocked the app on the grounds that it hosted immoral and indecent videos. Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority (PTA) now says that TikTok has assured the agency that videos will be moderated in accordance with societal norms and the laws of Pakistan.
TikTok’s latest transparency report showed that it acted on only two accounts out of 40 from which Pakistan requested content be restricted. The PTA’s statement suggests that TikTok moderation may be stricter in the country going forward.
Pakistan is TikTok’s 12th largest market in terms of app installs, with 43 million installs total, according to the analytics firm Sensor Tower.
In a statement a TikTok spokesperson said: “We’re pleased to see that the TikTok app has been restored in Pakistan and that we will be able to continue enabling Pakistani voices and creativity in a safe environment.”
However Pakistan says that while TikTok is back in its country for now, it could still be blocked again in the future if the company doesn’t follow through with its moderation promises.
The agency said: “PTA will be constrained to permanently block the application incase said condition is not fulfilled.”