TikTok upgrade releases Urdu version in Pakistan

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, Tik Tok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on March 05, 2019 in Paris, France. The social network broke the rules for the protection of children's online privacy (COPPA) and was fined $ 5.7 million. The fact TikTok criticized is quite serious in the United States, the platform, which currently has more than 500 million users worldwide, collected data that should not have asked minors. TikTok, also known as Douyin in China, is a media app for creating and sharing short videos. Owned by ByteDance, Tik Tok is a leading video platform in Asia, United States, and other parts of the world. In 2018, the application gained popularity and became the most downloaded app in the U.S. in October 2018. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Days after Pakistan issued a “final warning” TikTok over “immoral, obscene, and vulgar content”, the short-form video-sharing app upgraded their ‘Community Guidelines’ and released its Urdu language version.

The upgraded Community Guidelines provide general guidance on “what is and what is not” allowed on TikTok to keep it a safe place for creativity and joy. 

Owned by China-based ByteDance, TikTok has removed content that violates the Community Guidelines and suspended or banned accounts involved in severe or repeated violations. TikTok also has an in-app reporting feature through which users can flag potentially inappropriate content or accounts.

Besides, TikTok said it removed more than 3.7 million “violating user videos” from Pakistan in the second half of 2019, more than 98 per cent before a user reported them and more than 89 per cent before they had a single view.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) issued a warning to TikTok on July 20, and said that the app was having “extremely negative effects on society in general and youth in particular”.