Petition filed in PHC seeking ban on TikTok

PESHAWAR: A citizen has submitted a petition in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) for imposing strict censorship on the popular Chinese-owned Video app TikTok in the country.

Petitioner Asmat Asim in his petition stated that Islam and our society do not permit whatever is going on TikTok where people upload objectionable videos, peddling vulgarity. According to the petitioner, deaths by suicide have increased due to the app.

The petitioner pleaded with the high court to direct the authorities to block immoral and indecent content on TikTok.

This is not the first time, a petitioner is being filed over banning the app. A lawyer had approached the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking directives for the federal authorities to ban the app in the country. Advocate Nadeem Sarwar stated that the video-sharing app was disastrous for the younger generation as it was not only leading to wastage of time and money but also promoting vulgarity.  

Moreover, he submitted acts of blackmailing and harassment is on the rise because of TikTok. “If not banned, it would prove to be harmful to the country’s social fabric,” he added.

Therefore, he pleaded with the high court issued directives for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to impose a permanent ban on the use of TikTok in the country. 

TikTok officially crossed 2 billion downloads within five months. The app gained the title of ‘most downloads for any app ever in a quarter,’ after crossing 2 million downloads.

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