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On 1st April, 2021 The Peshawar High Court (PHC) took back its ban on TikTok

Summary of Case

"On Mar 11, 2021 widely used video-sharing social networking service TikTok faced ban after the Peshawar High Court (PHC) directed Pakistani authorities to immediately ban the app over immoral content. The directives were issued by PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan, who was hearing a plea seeking a ban on Tiktok. PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan remarked that the videos uploaded on the Chinese owned app were""not acceptable for Pakistani society”. He added that the audience mostly affected by TikTok were the youth. The judge also expressed his displeasure over the “reports” he was receiving of TikTok. “Tiktok videos are spreading obscenity, it [the app] should be shut down immediately,” ordered Chief Justice Qaisar Rashid Khan The PCH CJ also questioned the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) director-general on whether shutting down TikTok would have an impact on the people running the app, to which the DG said ""yes, it would"". The DG added that the government had approached the TikTok officials over the immoral content, but they were yet to receive a “positive” response from them. As soon as the judge heard this, he observed that TikTok should be shut down till the company responds to the government on the “immoral” content being posted on the website. “TikTok will be shut down till officials comply with your request and cooperate with you to stop immoral content on the app,” ordered the PHC CJ. On 1st April, 2021 The Peshawar High Court (PHC) took back its ban on TikTok and asked the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to let the Chinese app operate in Pakistan but make sure that ""immoral content"" is not uploaded. "

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ICCS Status

ICCS Divisions: 0803-Acts related to freedom of expression or control of expression

ICCS Group: 08031-Acts against freedom of expression

ICCS Class: "N/A"

ICCS Crime: "Acts against freedom of expression "

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Was case investigated ?: Yes

Court where case was presented: Peshawar high Court

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