The Peshawar High Court has lifted the ban on video-sharing application Tik Tok in the country and directed to take further steps to curb immoral content.

Director-General of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Director Legal and Advocate Jahanzeb Mehsud, and counsel for the petitioner Sara Ali Khan appeared in the court during the hearing on the petition filed against uploading immoral content on Tik Tok in the Supreme Court.

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Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Qaiser Rasheed Khan asked the DG PTA what action has been taken so far by the DG PTA. The issue has been raised and Tik Tok has also appointed a focal person.

Read also: Peshawar High Court orders to ban Tik Tok nationwide

The DG PTA said that all the immoral and illegal items uploaded would be looked into.

Chief Justice Peshawar High Court said that you people should have a system that differentiates between good and bad, if PTA takes action then people will not upload such videos again.

Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan remarked that when people know that PTA is taking action against us, then they will not upload such things.

The DG PTA said that we have talked to the Tik Tok administration to block those who make such mistakes again and again.

Justice Qaiser Rashid directed that it should not be one time. You should take further steps to stop immoral content on Tik Tok.

On which PTA’s lawyer took the position that there are some sites in which certain things cannot be blocked and the entire website has to be shut down.

The court later allowed the reopening of Tik Tok and ordered the PTA to take further steps to curb the immoral content.

The court also directed the DG PTA to submit a detailed report at the next hearing and adjourned the hearing till May 25.

Tik ​​Tok Reaction

The Tik Tok management is pleased with the recent order to launch the video-sharing application, saying that it is a testament to Tik Tok’s continued commitment to implementing community guidelines to promote a safe and positive online community.

In a statement, the spokesperson for Tik Tok said that the creativity and spirit of the Tik Tok community created happiness in families all over Pakistan and provided space for the creators with the best creativity.

“We recognize PTA’s cooperation and ongoing productive engagement and understand their vision for the digital experience of Pakistani consumers,” the statement said.

It may be recalled that on March 11, the Peshawar High Court had banned Tik Tok for its immoral content. The court had said that Tik Tok videos were spreading obscenity in society and therefore it should be stopped immediately.

The court further said that the videos uploaded on Tik Tok are not acceptable to our society, it is affecting the youth the most.

It should be noted that this is not the first time that Tik Tok has been reopened in the country after it was shut down. Earlier, on October 9 last year, the PTA banned the application, which was lifted 10 days later on October 19.

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