The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority announced Thursday that it would comply with a Peshawar High Court order to ban the social media video-sharing app TikTok by directing internet service providers to block access. Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan banned the platform because it violated Pakistan’s constitutional provision ensuring the upkeep of citizens’ social and moral welfare, according to a local news source.
The ban was issued during the court’s hearing of a petition filed by 40 residents who sought that all TikTok content that did not abide by the Islamic code of life, hence violating the country’s constitution, be banned. The court had previously instructed the PTA to require that TikTok censor certain content, but due to a lack of compliance with this order, the court elected to ban the app in its entirety. The PTA initially attempted to censor the app’s contents; however, they stated that without cooperation from TikTok’s creators, it would be impossible to filter through all of the new content posted daily. Chief Justice Khan found that many videos on TikTok were immoral and unsuitable for society. Of particular concern to the court were the morals of youth which were reportedly deteriorating due to their use of TikTok.
Proceedings against the controversial platform regarding privacy concerns have been initiated in Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. World leaders from the United States and Russia have also attempted to ban or censor it for national security issues.