The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been ordered by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday to justify its ban on TikTok.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah was hearing a case challenging the prohibition on the video-streaming app. “Why did PTA impose the ban?” Justice Minallah questioned, ordering the telecommunications regulator to satisfy the court at the next session.
The court ordered the government and the PTA to provide the names of social media specialists. The bench remarked that PTA filed affidavits in the Peshawar and Sindh High Courts claiming that 1% of the content on TikTok is offensive.
Minallah observed that the app allows the underprivileged to earn a living by showing their talent. “Did the PTA seek expert advice before blocking the app?” he further inquired.
The court remarked that blocking the app violates the rights enshrined in the country’s Constitution and adjourned the case until November 22.
The Islamabad High Court was previously informed that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and TikTok authorities are in talks to ban the video-sharing app.
Ban on Tik Tok:
Earlier this year, on July 21, The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked the TikTok application and website across Pakistan after the Chinese company failed to take inappropriate content down from the social media platform.
In a press release, the PTA said that in the light of relevant provisions of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016, the PTA had blocked access to Tik Tok App and website in the country.
“The action has been taken due to continuous presence of inappropriate content on the platform and its failure to take such content down,” read the statement issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.
It was the fourth time the app was being banned after the decision to ban the application was withdrawn earlier in July by the Sindh High Court.
Earlier on June 28, the SHC had ordered to ban the famous video-sharing app while issuing a notice to the attorney general of Pakistan.