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Pakistan bans live streaming app Bigo

Pakistan bans live streaming app Bigo

| @indiablooms | 21 Jul 2020, 04:03 pm

Islamabad/UNI:  The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Tuesday banned live streaming application Bigo and issued a “final warning” to video-sharing service TikTok over obscene and immoral content on the platforms.

Last week, a miscellaneous civil application was filed in the Lahore High Court demanding an immediate ban on TikTok. The petitioner said the app was a “great mischief of modern times” and had become a source of spreading pornography for the sake of fame and ratings on social media, Dawn News reported.

According to a statement released by the PTA late on Monday night, complaints were received from different segments of society against the immoral, obscene and vulgar content on social media applications particularly TikTok and Bigo.

The PTA said despite a warning being sent to the companies to control the content on their platform the response of these companies was “not satisfactory” and therefore, in exercise of its powers under PECA, the PTA has decided to immediately block Bigo and issue a final warning to TikTok to put in place a comprehensive mechanism to control obscenity, vulgarity and immorality through its social media application,” the statement said.

Earlier this month, the PTA temporarily suspended online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) for being “addictive”, a waste of time and potentially having a negative impact on children’s physical and psychological health.

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