Pakistan has banned the popular short video app TikTok in the nation, citing the distribution of videos it deemed "immoral and indecent".
The move comes months after the South Asian country raised serious concerns about the type of videos spreading on the ByteDance app and the impact it has on society.
In a statement on Friday evening, the Pakistani telecommunications authority said that, despite the warnings and months of time, TikTok "has not complied with the industry, which is why instructions have been issued to block the TikTok application in the country".
Some users in Pakistan told theinformationsuperhighway that the TikTok app and its website were already inaccessible to them.
"TikTok has been informed that the agency is open to engagement and will review its decision subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate illegal content," the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority said in a statement.
The move from Pakistan comes months after its neighbor India banned TikTok, Bigo and 57 other apps developed by Chinese firms over cybersecurity concerns. Prior to the ban, TikTok identified India – where it had over 200 million monthly active users – as its largest market outside of China. As in India, TikTok is also very popular in Pakistan, said the Dane Khalid, a senior executive at Bykea, a startup based in Karachi.