After the recent blocking of TikTok, the social app company decides to pull out its investment from Pakistan and leave the country.
The company – ByteDance – refused to follow PTA’s instructions. They said in a recent announcement:
TikTok’s mission is to inspire creativity and joy, and that’s just what we’ve done in Pakistan. We’ve built a community whose creativity and passion has brought joy to households across Pakistan and opened vital economic opportunities to incredibly talented creators
This is why we’re sad that our users and creators in Pakistan are still unable to access the app, more than one week after our services were blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)ByteDance
After TikTok was blocked in Pakistan, we continued to engage with the PTA to demonstrate our commitment to comply with local laws and further enhance our content moderation capacity,
Though the PTA acknowledged and appreciated these efforts, our services remain blocked in the country and we have received no communication from PTA
We continue to hope that our productive dialogue with the PTA can bring assurance of the government’s commitment to a stable, enabling environment whereby we can explore investing further in the market, including in the inspiring talent we’ve seen thrive on TikTok
If the government of Pakistan decides to reopen access to our services in the future, we can assess our allocation of resources to this market,ByteDance
The company added that they appreciate the Pakistani community for making the social app so popular and get proud on bring the creativity out of their users.
The company announced that they’re still willing to operate in Pakistan and could resume their service if things could work out with the authorities and PTA to revert their decision on banning TikTok in Pakistan.