According to a spokesman for Pakistan’s telecoms regulator, the social media app TikTok will be blocked following a court order.
In October last year, the nation voted to lift a ban on TikTok after the corporation promised to block all accounts involved in promoting “obscenity and immorality.”
The decision came some 10 days after Pakistan blocked TikTok for failing to block “immoral and indecent” material.
“TikTok has agreed to moderate accounts in compliance with local laws,” a PTA spokesman said, adding that the app had approximately 20 million monthly active users in the region.
By empowering young users to upload short videos, TikTok, which is owned by China-based ByteDance, has become hugely successful in a short period of time. However, owing to its connections to China, the software has sparked outrage in a number of nations, with authorities raising privacy and security issues.
TikTok has denied that its links to China put other countries’ stability at risk.
According to analytics company SensorTower, TikTok was the third most-downloaded smartphone in Pakistan over the past 12 months, behind WhatsApp and Facebook.