Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority said it banned TikTok after a provincial court in Peshawar called for the platform to be removed.
According to a court order, judges argued that the app was “detrimental to the youth” of Pakistan. They also claimed that “videos being uploaded [were] against the set norms and values” of the country.
The authority said at the time that TikTok had not created a satisfactory way to block offensive content following a warning to get its house in order over the summer.
Since then, questions about the company’s future in Pakistan have resurfaced.
Representatives of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said Thursday in court that TikTok had yet to prove it could maintain its promise to crack down on certain content, according to Sara Ali Khan, legal representative for a Peshawar local who filed the petition that led the court to consider a ban. Khan told CNN Business she was present in court during the proceedings.
TikTok said at the time that it had “not been given a clear direction on how and when our apps could be reinstated” in India, and had “no choice but to scale back the size of our workforce.”
— Michelle Toh contributed to this report.