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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has restored TikTok services with certain conditions.

Talking to Business Recorder, spokesperson Khurram Mehran said that TikTok had been unblocked with immediate effect after getting assurance from the short video app management.

In view of the presence of vulgar, indecent/immoral content on the platform and its negative effects on the society, the PTA had been continuously asserting TikTok to prevent its platform from disseminating the unlawful content.

However, the TikTok could not satisfy the PTA for taking concrete steps for blocking and removal of unlawful content.

Hence, the TikTok application was blocked until a satisfactory content monitoring mechanism is put in place.

As a result of continuous engagement with the platform's senior management before and after imposition of the ban, TikTok has assured moderating content in accordance with societal norms and the laws of Pakistan, and ensured that the users who are continuously involved in uploading unlawful content are blocked from the platform.

The PTA, as a facilitator to the users' healthy digital experience on the internet and growth of digital companies, has therefore, decided to lift the ban.

However, the restoration of TikTok services is strictly subject to the condition that the platform will not be used for the spread of vulgarity/indecent content, and that the societal values will not be abused.

The PTA will be constrained to permanently block the application, in case the said condition is not fulfilled.

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