With TikTok being installed 43 million times in Pakistan, making it the 12th largest market in terms of installs, Pakistan bans TikTok, claiming the app failed to remove “immoral” and “indecent” content.
This is coming just over a month after the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority banned dating apps, including Tinder and Grindr for the same reason, and few months after TikTok was removed in India over concerns around the app’s Chinese ownership.
Coming under immense pressure from regulators across the globe, with the US planning to ban TikTok over those same concerns, and other restrictions are set to go into place in mid-November, TikTok app’s growth will likely fluctuate.
During the first half of 2020, a recent transparency report shows that the government authorities in Pakistan asked TikTok to restrict 40 accounts, but the TikTok only went ahead and restricted two of them.
Pakistan Regulators confirmed that they gave TikTok a “considerable time” to respond to their concerns, but the company “failed to fully comply.” TikTok said it has “robust protections in place” and hopes to return to Pakistan.