TikTok is pleased with Peshawar High Court’s (PHC) decision to lift ban on the popular social media platform.
In March, PHC had ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ban TikTok in the country citing “immoral content”.
“The creativity and passion of this community has brought joy to households across Pakistan and provided a home for incredibly talented creators. TikTok is excited to be able to continue enabling Pakistani voices and creativity as we work to support the success story of Pakistan,” TikTok said in a statement.
“We want to acknowledge Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s support and ongoing productive dialogue, and recognize their care for the digital experience of Pakistani users, which goes a long way to assuring a stable, enabling environment to allow us to explore further investment in Pakistan, and to keep open vital economic opportunities for Pakistani creators through TikTok.”
PHC Chief Justice Qaisar Rashid Khan presided over the hearing of a petition filed against the social media platform wherein, DG PTA, director legal PTA, and authority’s lawyer Jahanzeb Mehsud and petitioner’s lawyer Sara Ali Khan appeared before the court.
During the proceedings, PHC chief justice inquired about action taken against the immoral content on the social media app.
“We have raised the issue again with the TikTok’s administration,” the DG PTA replied.
“ They have also hired a focal person and will look into all the immoral and illegal content that is being uploaded.”
The judge remarked that PTA should have a system in place that could distinguish between good and bad content whereas immoral content should not be uploaded on TikTok at all.
Minister of Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain took to Twitter to welcome PHC’s judgment:
Pesh HC has suspended the operation of single bench judgement,ban on @TikTok_Paki has been lifted,my submission is lets be very careful while taking decisions that may effect Economic future of Pak,we need a framework to encourage int companies so to make Pak their investment hub
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 1, 2021