Social Media Reacts After TikTok Gets Banned In Pakistan
Bannistan Strikes Yet Again
It seems that Pakistan can not go a single day without banning something or the other. Instead of banning immoral acts like rape, harassment, and violence, all this country can actually ban is entertainment-based content and something the youth of the nation can actually enjoy and benefit from.
From banning to even talk about the recent rape incident to banning television dramas for 'promoting indecency', then the day before yesterday, banning popular television web series, 'Churails', Bannistan (previously known as Pakistan) strikes again by now banning popular social media platform, Tiktok, and Pakistanis have gone livid.
Pakistan has banned Chinese social media app TikTok for failing to filter out “immoral and indecent” content, the country’s telecommunications authority said.
The statement read:
"Keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok, PTA issued a final notice to the application. However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions. Therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country"
In view of number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content on the video sharing application TikTok, pic.twitter.com/Vmp5umixeL— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) October 9, 2020
TikTok became a top hashtag trend in Pakistan as people reacted to the ban.
Twitter was inundated with reactions that followed the PTA move, with some people sharing hilarious memes.
Others criticized the move which came just a day after Jannat Mirza became the first TikToker to cross 10 million followers.
Here is a collection of some Twitter reactions:
A very unfair decision by PTA— Areeka Haq (@AreekaaHaq) October 10, 2020
You may suspend account who were promoting negative content or may make some rules about content.
Many TikTokers has shown their talent and now performing in TV serials.@PTAofficialpk must review their decision. #TikTokpic.twitter.com/WYMP5G7OBY
میرا نہ تو ٹِک ٹاک پر کوئی(اصلی) اکاؤنٹ تھا اور نہ مستقبل قریب میں ایسا کوئی ارادہ تھا لیکن اس کے باوجود میں سمجھتا ہوں کہ کسی بھی چیز پر پابندی مسئلے کا حل نہیں ہوتی، کسی بھی پلیٹ فارم پر موجود خامیوں کو دور کرنے کی کوشش کرنی چاہئیے نہ کہ مکمل طور پر اسے بند کر دیا جائے— Iqrar ul Hassan Syed (@iqrarulhassan) October 9, 2020
I never believed that dictum ke Pakistani youth mein bada talent hai before I discovered TikTok. And I NEVER encountered any fahashi. It was truly people’s social media— Mohammed Hanif (@mohammedhanif) October 9, 2020
I thought the country was in an economic crisis. Will taking away commercial opportunities from young creators, from digital marketing companies and advertising businesses help improve the economy? Will such policies attract investment?— jehan_ara (@jehan_ara) October 9, 2020
What's next - you're going to ban the media from covering the motorway incident so it slowly fades from public consciousness while a full month has passed with no arrests?— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) October 9, 2020
They really banned tik tok on the same day as IK held a meeting with Sheryl Sandberg to discuss expansion of digital platforms to provide opportunities to young entrepreneurs in Pak ???? The irony... #TikTok #unbantiktok— Ayesha Mumtaz Mir (@ayesham95) October 9, 2020
Hey let me tell you guys a joke. Ready? OK....'digital Pakistan'. Now go lol— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) October 9, 2020
My friend left his job to start an ad business on TikTok. He was employing people & making Pakistanis on TikTok money. Today the PTI government because they cannot control content reflecting people's anger at poor governance banned TikTok and destroyed his livelihood #unbantiktok pic.twitter.com/7Qr6y1Xtfy— H U Khan (@Huk06) October 9, 2020
We sincerely hope that common sense prevails in this not so sensible government and TikTok gets unbanned.