By Umar Farooq and Jibran Ahmad
ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A high court in Pakistan said the country’s telecommunications authority can lift a block on social media app TikTok, after government officials said the company was working with them on monitoring what they called “immoral” content.
The head of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told the court in a hearing on Thursday in Peshawar that it was in talks with TikTok and the company had agreed to appoint a focal person to ensure content was better moderated.
“Immoral” content according to the government’s definition includes nudity, blasphemy and obscenities.
“We want to acknowledge Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s support and ongoing productive dialogue, and recognize their care for the digital experience of Pakistani users,” TikTok said in a statement issued on Thursday after the court ordered the ban be lifted.
On March 11 the court had ordered the app be blocked in the country based on a petition alledging it had obscene content. The court will continue hearing the case on May 25.
(Reporting by Umar Farooq in Islamabad and Jibran Ahmad in Peshawar; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)