Pakistan cancels TikTok – TechCrunch
TikTok returns to Pakistan, Apple launches music-focused streaming station, and SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites. This is your Daily Crunch for October 19, 2020.
The big story: Pakistan cancels TikTok
Pakistan Telecommunications Authority blocked the video app 11 days ago, it has been described as “immoral”, “obscene” and “vulgar” videos. The authority said today that it’s lifting the ban after negotiating with TikTok management.
“Restoration of TikTok is strictly subject to the condition that the platform is not used for the dissemination of vulgarity / indecent content and societal values will not be abused,” he continued.
This is not the first time this year that the country has tried to crack down on digital content. Pakistan announced new internet censorship rules this year, but rescinded them after Facebook, Google and Twitter threatened to leave the country.
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