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‘Vulgarity’: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government Bans TikTok Award Show In Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has banned the TikTok award show in Peshawar over criticism on its content which allegedly “supports vulgarity”, leaving the app users and supporters grieved.

TikTok, a Chinese app, has become controversial for violating community standards said an official in response to the criticism over banning the award show at a private hall in Peshawar.

Earlier, the district administration didn’t grant NoC (No-Objection Certificate) to a group of young people who wanted to organise a TikTok Award Show in the city.

They had planned to hold the event at a hall on University Road and submitted a request a couple of days ago.

The move came as sharing visual content on the popular video sharing app transformed from harmless fun to a serious matter in no time. The app has been widely used in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

But a group of around 100 citizens staged a protest against the show and wrote complaints to Peshawar Mayor Asim Khan. They said holding the show in Peshawar will “disrupt the peaceful environment” in the city, terming app against the rich valves of local culture.

Later, the mayor directed the deputy commissioner to reject any requests for TikTok-related events in the city.

TikTok has been downloaded by over 500 million people across the globe but has rather become a divisive issue. India banned it outright before backtracking and unbanning it. Many Pakistanis too want a ban on the app, claiming it encourages bad behaviour.

But the app is very popular among the youth. This was illustrated by its millions of users and the TikTok award shows regularly held in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. One such event was even organised in Peshawar too, but the show was marred by mismanagement and poor arrangements.

Apart from ordinary citizens, TIK TOK is a publicity platform that is also used by singers, artists, sportsmen for advertisement purposes. In fact, many young stars have emerged from TikTok.

Sobia Khaif, a young girl in Peshawar, started posting videos on TikTok and is now a Pashto singer.

Similarly, Farman Kaskar got fame by using TikTok by spreading his poetry which has been widely appreciated by people.


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