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TikTok, YouTube, Snack Video remove over 904,000 dirty videos in compliance to Pakistani laws

Last month, the Ministry of Information and Technology issued a notification, imposing new social media rules.

ISLAMABAD: The famous social media platforms suck as Tiktok, YouTube, Snack Video and Twitter have removed more than 904,000 objectionable videos in recent weeks to show compliance to Pakistani laws.

TikTok is on the front of all others in removing obscene content. Pakistan has lifted ban on TikTok from Nov 20, 2021, and by that time this social media network has removed 99 percent of the total “immoral and obscene content” for Pakistani users.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued a report regarding obscene content in which it said that the international social media platforms have started following PTA guidelines and eliminating indecent content on social media.

The report said social media platforms have taken action on more than 904,235 out of 916,741 complaints regarding content published on TikTok, YouTube, Snack Video and Twitter. The rate of implementation of instructions was more than 98%.

After imposition of ban, TikTak remained at the forefront in following the government regulations. The app administration removed 99% of the obscene videos on 43,493 complaints.

Snack Video was at the second most compliant app with 95% removal rate and Likee was at third with 86% removal rate.

YouTube deleted 82% of obscene content while Facebook ranked fifth with 53% in removing content against social values. On the other hand, Twitter deleted 46% and Instagram deleted 36%.

Last month, the Ministry of Information and Technology passed a notification imposing the new social media rules. Here are the amendments that were made:

  • Social media companies are bound to register with PTA within three months.
  • Social media outlets will establish an office in Pakistan.
  • PTA to give 48 hours, instead of 24 hours previously, to a social media company for removing or blocking access to online content.

Aminul Haque, the IT minister, said at the time that the new rules will give Pakistanis full freedom of expression under Article 19 of the Constitution. The new ruled will just help the country stay in contact with social media companies.

However, Haque pointed out that there’s a ban on live streaming extremist, hateful, obscene, and violent content. “Social media companies will be liable to remove content against Pakistan’s integrity and defence.”

Immoral and obscene content will be banned as well and “no individual will be allowed to hurt other’s feelings”. To monitor these things, the companies have been told to formulate community guidelines. Haque added that the rules will apply to all social media outlets including Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Google. 

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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