Several popular social media companies are interested in setting up offices in Pakistan. One of the major social media giants, TikTok, is interested in establishing its headquarters in Islamabad. It is in talks with the government and hopes to open its offices in the country within the next few weeks. The company plans to offer excellent opportunities to Pakistanis.
What is Tiktok?
Tiktok is a mobile-first video app that lets you create and share short videos with sound. You can create any kind of video content on Tiktok, and you have a few different ways of sharing it with your followers and fans.
While Tiktok is mainly known for its short video content, it lets you do a few other things, as well – including creating polls, posting photos, and sharing text-based posts. Tiktok was launched in 2017 and has since been growing in popularity.
TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance. The company has been criticized for failing to block illegal content on its platform. It has been banned in several countries, including India, Indonesia, Russia, and Bangladesh. However, the ban was lifted later on.
The ban came after complaints about the app’s content. The PTA said that it was committed to preventing harmful content from reaching the public. The ban was lifted on October 19, however.
The ban comes amid a growing push for broader internet control. Pakistan has enacted a controversial cyber security law that allows authorities to block content for a variety of reasons. Many critics of the law say it threatens individual privacy and freedom of speech. It also gives authorities the power to withhold ad dollars from networks. Some analysts say the law may be politically motivated.
Other Social Media Giants Planning To Establish Offices in Pakistan
In addition to TikTok, Facebook is planning to set up a headquarters in Pakistan. The company has been planning to open a location in the country for some time.
The government has also been asking social media companies to establish offices in the country. It is expected that other popular social media sites will open offices in the country in the future.
Earlier this year, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority announced sweeping rules on internet censorship. It vowed to protect the public from hate speech and violent content. It also said it was committed to protecting the public from pornographic content.
In August, the authority wrote to YouTube, a major social media platform, to request that it block offensive content on its platform.
TikTok was banned for the fourth time in Pakistan after the app failed to comply with the PTA’s instructions. TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, said it would take steps to remove inappropriate content from its website.
The company also said it would moderate accounts in accordance with local laws. In addition to the ban, the PTA had issued a final notice to TikTok, requiring it to remove all offensive content. In the meantime, TikTok hopes to settle the matter with the PTA.
It is possible that TikTok may be the first social media company to open offices in Pakistan. However, this does not mean that social media sites will not be blocked in the country. The government can withhold ad dollars from networks and stifle dissent. It also has the power to block social media websites altogether.
TikTok is just one of several social media sites that have had successful talks with the Pakistani government. Other major social media companies, including Facebook, have also expressed interest in establishing offices in the country. The federal IT minister has told the media that popular social media companies will open offices in the country. This will help the government promote its Digital Pakistan initiative.
Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios.
When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games