"The decision has been taken to block TikTok for accessing in Pakistan".
Pakistan on Friday banned the wildly popular video sharing app TikTok, as authorities press their clampdown on "immoral" content.
Keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, PTA issued a final notice to the application and gave considerable time to respond and comply with the Authority instructions for development of effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content.
The daily usage of TikTok in the country exceeds other social media platforms, in terms of reach.
According to Nikkei, TikTok said it was "committed to following the law in markets where the app is offered" and that it's regularly communicating with the PTA and continuing to work with them. But a number of countries have raised security and privacy concerns over its links to China.
The app also faces the threat of being barred in the U.S. after officials said it posed a national security risk, and it has come under intense scrutiny in Australia.
TikTok's own transparency report lines out requests from the Pakistani government to remove around 40 accounts earlier in 2020.
In the last two months, TikTok has made global headlines due to continued threats by Washington to block it in the US and its efforts to avoid such an outcome. In July, the telecommunications regulator issued a "final warning" to TikTok over provocative content.
Muslim-majority Pakistan has media regulations that adhere to conservative social customs.
The Pakistani Telecommunication Authority said in a statement that it issued instructions for the blockage but that it's open to reversing the ban if TikTok complies with its orders.
"It is a very good app for entertainment".
"We hope this disappointing decision is reversed immediately and efforts are made to loosen the grip over what the people in Pakistan can read, watch, speak or do", Rimmel Mohydin, South Asia campaigner for Amnesty International told Anadolu Agency.