TikTok — the extremely standard video-sharing app — mentioned on Saturday it had “received no communication” from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) regardless of the regulator’s acknowledgement and appreciation of the corporate’s efforts to adjust to the nation’s legal guidelines and to extend its content material moderation.
In a press launch, TikTok mentioned it was “sad that our users and creators in Pakistan are still unable to access TikTok, more than one week after our services were blocked by the PTA”.
Earlier this month, the nation’s regulatory physique had issued directions to impose a ban on TikTok after receiving a “number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content” that was shared on the app.
PTA mentioned it had earlier issued a “final notice” to TikTok and gave the appliance “considerable time to respond and comply with” directions for improvement of an efficient mechanism for proactive moderation of “unlawful online content”.
Nonetheless, the corporate “failed to fully comply” with PTA’s directions after which the authority determined to ban it within the nation.
In right this moment’s assertion, TikTok mentioned it had “made concerted efforts to address questions from the government of Pakistan around our content moderation process, including significantly increasing the capacity of our local language content moderation team”.
“After TikTok was blocked in Pakistan, we continued to engage with the PTA to demonstrate our commitment to comply with local laws and further enhance our content moderation capacity. Though the PTA acknowledged and appreciated these efforts, our services remain blocked in the country and we have received no communication from PTA,” the assertion added.
The corporate mentioned it was unlucky that the app’s customers within the nation had been “unable to showcase their talent and creativity”, including that the TikTok neighborhood’s “creativity and passion has brought joy to households across Pakistan and opened vital economic opportunities to incredibly talented creators”.
TikTok mentioned it was persevering with to interact with the federal government and it hoped that “our productive dialogue with the PTA can bring assurance of the government’s commitment to a stable, enabling environment.”
The corporate mentioned it might assess its allocation of sources to Pakistan’s market in case the federal government determined to take away the ban on the app.