Under section 37 of the “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act”, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will either block or remove any immoral or/and indecent content. This was announced by PTA on Twitter.
PTA tweeted, “❌Under Section 37 of PECA 2016, uploading of immoral/indecent content such as nudity, vulgarity & pornography is prohibited. pic.twitter.com/vCq2A2GpaN.”
According to the details, due to the undesirable effects of the immoral/indecent content surfacing online this step has been taken by PTA. PTA has given a warning to all social media and internet users not to upload any content that violates section 37 of the PECA 2016.
If users find any content online that breaks this law, they can report to PTA.
Recently, the authority blocked access to 5 dating/live-streaming apps. These include Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grinder, and SayHi. This step was taken considering the negative effects of the immoral content present on these applications.
Back in July, the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) platform was banned by PTA. The game was used by over 16m users in Pakistan. The game was banned as PTA received complaints “that the game is addictive and has a negative impact on the physical and psychological health of the children.”
Also recently PTA gave a final warning to the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok to close down on what it named “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content on the app.