An overwhelming majority of Pakistanis think that TikTok should be banned
The Focal Person To the Prime Minister of Pakistan on digital media, Dr. Arslan Khalid had been quite vocal in criticizing TikTok's misuse.
A recent poll was conducted on Siasat.pk’s social media pages where around 25,000 people participated regarding the popular social media platform TikTok. The results showed that over 90% of the voters think TikTok should be banned in Pakistan
The Focal Person To the Prime Minister of Pakistan on digital media, Dr. Arslan Khalid had been quite vocal in criticizing TikTok’s misuse.
In a recent tweet, he said:
“The recent exploitation of female tick tockers, the objectification & sexualization of young girls on tik tok was causing a huge pain to the parents & was proving detrimental for our society. Tik Tok is being given a final warning to work on their filters, stopping obscene content.”
Tik Tok’s algorithm works differently from other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where you have to create your presence first to get views. On the other hand, you can become an instant hit on TikTok.
If Tik Tok’s algorithm sees people are interested in your content; It’ll start showing it to more and more people. The shocking and vulgar content gets more attention; therefore, most people take that route to get more views.
The majority of the poll participants had similar complaints.
سننے میں آ رہا ہے کہ حکومت ٹک ٹاک کو بین کرنے کا سوچ رہی ہے اور وجہ یہ بتائی جا رہی ہے کہ یہ معاشرے میں برائی کو پھیلانے کے سبب بن رہی ہے.
کیا آپ بھی اس بین کے حق میں ہیں؟
آپ کی راے بہت اہم ہے. نیچے کمینٹ میں اظہار خیال کریں اور بتائیں بین ہونا یا پھر کیوں نہیں ہونا چاہیے.
— Siasat.pk (@siasatpk) July 19, 2020
After the recent poll going viral, today, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority issued an official warning to Tik Tok asking for control over moderation.
Tik Tok is a Chinese based company, and India has already banned it due to recent tussles on the borders. Many Western countries, including the United States of America, have also hinted at banning the app citing security issues.
It will be interesting to see how this sits with China as Pakistan is considered to be a very close ally.