Banning Youtube, final warning to TikTok and blocks BIGO app – PTA

Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked the BIGO live streaming app and issued a final warning to Chinese app TikTok over “obscene and immoral” content on these platforms. In a statement, Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said the number of complaints had been received from different segments of the society against immoral, obscene and vulgar content on social media applications particularly TikTok and BIGO and their extremely negative effects on the society in general and youth in particular.

PTA had issued necessary notices to the social media companies under the law to moderate the socialization and content within legal and moral limits, in accordance with the laws of the country, the statement from Pakistan’s telecom regulator said.

The PTA said the response of these companies was “not satisfactory”.

Therefore, in exercise of its powers under PECA , PTA has decided to immediately block Bigo and issue a final warning to TikTok to put in place a comprehensive mechanism to control obscenity, vulgarity, and immorality through its social media application


TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, is already currently facing problems with authorities in a number of countries including in Australia, India, and the United States due to security and privacy issues.

Bigo Live has been downloaded over 17 million times in Pakistan and is the 19th most downloaded app in the country.


After the ban on the most famous game PUBG mobile and application BIGO, the Supreme court of Pakistan indicated towards banning YouTube in Pakistan as well. Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday took notice of objectionable content on social media and YouTube and hinted at shutting down the video-sharing platform YouTube in the country. According to the Supreme court of Pakistan, YouTube contains content against the government, armed forced and judiciary.


As you know YouTube is banned in many countries. Justice Amin remarked that family members of the judiciary come under scrutiny on YouTube. Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had taken notice of such happenings on the platform where judges are mocked and embarrassed. As you can see there is a lot of funny videos on politics, judges and against the USA and other countries which is not acceptable.