Heart-broken Hareem Shah dubs ban on TikTok unjustified
October 10, 2020 06:24 PM
TikTok star Hareem Shah on Saturday urged Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government to reverse the ban on Chinese-made video sharing and streaming platform TikTok immediately as the decision hurts a large community of Tiktokers, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a news conference at Karachi Press Club, a visibly hurt Hareem Shah said “We can only request and urge the PTI government to unban TikTok and the rest depends on the government.”
“Prime Minister Imran Khan got elected on youth votes so he should listen to genuine demands of the youth,” the dupatta-clad Tiktoker argued.
Hareem Shah said she did not think there was enough or justified reasons to ban TikTok in Pakistan.
Hareem Shah said, “I don’t want to talk on the issue of the veil but I must say men should also show some decency.”
On Friday, Pakistan shut down TikTok after the app administration ignored its pleas for removing objectionable and inappropriate material. According to the TV channel, the decision to ban the TikTok was implemented on Friday.
According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the app administration did not pay any heed to its requests. “PTA gave considerable time to respond and comply with the Authority instructions for the development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content. However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions.”
In July last, the PTA had issued a final warning to China-owned short-form mobile video platform TikTok and blocked live-streaming application Bigo over complaints of "immoral, obscene and vulgar content" and "extremely negative effects".
The PTA had issued necessary notices to the aforementioned social media companies under the law to moderate the socialization and content within legal and moral limits, in accordance with the laws of the country."
The PTA added, noting that responses from the social media giants “have not been satisfactory". Citing its powers under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), 2016 it said it had immediately blocked Bigo and was issuing a "final warning to TikTok to put in place a comprehensive mechanism to control obscenity, vulgarity and immorality through its social media application".