ISLAMABAD: Popular video-sharing app TikTok was blocked on Wednesday in Pakistan for the fourth time due to “inappropriate content,” the country’s telecommunications regulator said.
The Chinese-owned site fought a series of legal battles with religious activists and the country’s authorities and was shut down two days earlier this month by a provincial court order.
“Actions were taken due to the persistent presence of inappropriate content on the platform and the inability to remove such content,” the communications authority said in a statement.
A local TikTok spokesman did not immediately comment on the situation.
The app has a huge fan base in Pakistan, where many people use it to promote and sell products online.
But his critics say he promotes vulgarity and LGBTQ content.
In June, TikTok said it had removed over six million videos available to Pakistani users in just three months after complaints from officials and regular users.
According to the company, about 15% of videos were removed due to “adult nudity and sexual activity.”
Officials have previously asked YouTube to block content it deems inappropriate, and some dating apps are banned.