Pakistan regulators The country’s most popular video app has been moved to prevent ticks, citing the parent company’s inability to report unethical and obscene content to police during service.
TikTalk, which is owned by a Chinese technology company Bite Dance Limited has a significant customer base in Pakistan. The app has been installed almost 43 million times in the country, including 14.7 million this year alone, according to research firm CensorTower. It is the 12th largest market for Pakistan TickTalk. The U.S. saw more than 200 million downloads, according to Censor Tower.
A spokesman for Tik Tak said the company was in regular consultation with Pakistani authorities and would remove content that violated its policies in all markets in which it operates. Of the company Transparency report It shows that between January and June it removed nearly 6.5 million videos in Pakistan, the third of any country behind India and the US. The same report shows that the government of Pakistan made four requests to TikTok about the content, citing 40 user accounts. Only two of those accounts were deleted or restricted.
Pakistan, one of China’s closest allies, has joined the wave of countries moving against the video app. In the summer, India bans TicTac as part of a wider purge of Chinese applications. Indonesia, Egypt and Bangladesh have also taken steps to limit ticks.
President Donald Trump has been urging U.S. owners to ban TickTalk if ByteDance does not arrive with an arrangement to spin the app by early November. Oracle Corporation and Walmart Inc. Agreed to buy a minority stake in the proposed TickTalk spinoff, and although Trump approved the deal in concept, many details are still being worked out.
A spokesperson for Tik Tak said the company hopes to bring the app back online in Pakistan. “TickTalk is a comprehensive platform built on the foundation of creative expression, and we hope to reach a decision that will help us serve the nation’s most powerful and creative online community,” she said in a statement.
The Telecommunications Authority of Pakistan said in a statement that it had issued instructions for a stalemate, but said it was ready to overturn the ban if Tiktok complied with its orders. “Tiktok has been informed that the Authority is open to engagement and will review its decision subject to a satisfactory mechanism for tic tac to moderate illegal content.” The agency said.
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