Tik Tok Now Banned In Pakistan

Tik Tok Now Banned In Pakistan

As Oracle works to seal the deal on its acquisition of TikTok’s American operations, the video clip company keeps on getting more bad news.

As Oracle works to seal the deal on its acquisition of TikTok’s American operations, the video clip company keeps on getting more bad news. Now Pakistan has joined India and the United States in banning the service from its country.

But while American and Indian authorities moved to block TikTok out of concerns that it constituted some sort of national security threat due to its Chinese ownership, the Pakistanis based their move on a claim that the video service was somehow engaged in immoral activities.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority released a statement saying, “in view of number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content on the video sharing application TikTok, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued instructions for blocking of the application. Keeping in view the complaints and nature of the content being consistently posted on TikTok,

“PTA issued a final notice to the application and gave considerable time to respond and comply with the Authority instructions for development of effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content. However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country. However, the application failed to fully comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country.”

TikTok responded saying, “We have been in regular communication with the PTA and continue to work with them. We are hopeful to reach a conclusion that helps us continue to serve the country’s vibrant and creative online community.”

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is continuing in its efforts to block TikTok from operating in the U.S. Last month the American Commerce Department issued a ban on the service and ordered the app removed from the various platforms.

In an executive order back in August which gave TikTok 45 days to cease its U.S. operations President Trump wrote, “The spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People’s Republic of China (China) continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States.”

But TikTok appealed the order in Federal court and Judge Carl Nichols in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the company an injunction. Now Federal officials have announced an appeal of that judge’s order.

So what does all of this mean for the Oracle deal? Well if the American courts overturn the ban permanently then TikTok parent company ByteDance will no longer need to sell its American operations to an American company. And if Joe Biden wins the election on November 3, he might lift the ban.

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Tik Tok Bans Israel Extermist Group Lehava

Tik Tok Bans Israel Extermist Group Lehava

Lehava is a fringe group that follows the doctrines of Meir Kahane.

Bentzi Gopstein Lehava

TikTok has removed the videos posted by Israeli extremist group Lehava. Led by Ben-Zion Gopstein, Lehava claims to fight against a perceived problem of inter Jewish Arab dating.

Founded in 2005 by Bentzi Gopstein Lehava, Lehava means flame in Hebrew. The Lehava organization says that it stands for the prevention of assimilation in the Holy Land, meaning the intermarriage of Jews and non-Jews.

Lehava is considered an extremist group in Israel. Its leader Ben-Zion “Bentzi” Gopstein is a follower of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane who wanted to expel all Arabs from Israel.

Like Kahane, Gopstein was barred from running for a seat in the Knesset.

Their extreme positions include a call to burn down all of the Christian churches in Israel because he says that they are idolatrous and that the Tors requires all idolatry to be stopped in the Holy Land.

Even the Anti-Defamation League has called on the Israeli government to take action against Lehava.

Benzi Gupstein commented on how he found out what had happened saying, “I got into a tick and I was in shock.”

The news comes just a week after the organization announced the launch of their own TikTok video channel intended to promote their cause.

Lehava proudly stated that it had made a series of videos to air on TikTok which “simulate” the lives of Jewish girls in relationships with their Arab partners, and the distress of the girls during the relationship is expressed. The videos end with the simulated “rescue” of the girls by Lehava.

This may very well be the type of content which TikTok found objectionable.

Gopstein spoke about the ban with Israel’s Radio Channel Seven.
“I was constantly told that the youth were in TikTok,” Gupstein told Channel 7. “If I want to reach the youth and talk to them, go to the TikTok.”

Criticizing his ban Gopstein said, “You can find every evil on Tik Tok, but somebody who talks a little about Judaism and about not assimilating – this, Tik Tok decided to close.”

“The truth is that I was shocked by the amount of pornography that has its name and the amount of nonsense given to the youth. Full of Arabs laughing at Jews, really shocking. I went in there and went straight out, I could not even look at the movies,” he said condemning TikTok’s content.

“We opened a page there a week ago on the holiday of Sukkot. We released humorous videos aimed at youth. All kinds of films aimed at this age of youth, which speaks to them. Thank God we received very good responses but we also saw responses from Arabs and leftists.”

Gopstein thinks that it was leftist organizations which pushed for the ban,

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NT election 2020: Tik Tok plan to drive Indigenous youth voter enrolments

Anti-fracking group Seed NT is encouraging young Indigenous Territorians to use social media platform Tik Tok to increase Aboriginal electoral enrolment in time for the Northern Territory election on August 22.

Seed NT community organiser Vanessa Farrelly said rates for Indigenous enrolment were too low.

“We’re trying to use the platforms that our people are already on,” she said.

Ms Farrelly said Seed NT’s efforts to enroll people across the Northern Territory had been challenging, given restrictions around COVID-19.

The organisation is running a competition for the best Tik Tok and poster, to “raise awareness that the NT election is coming up and to encourage Indigenous people to vote.”

“The NT has a shocking rate of the amount of indigenous people who are voting and enrolled in elections,” she said.

Ms Farrelly said it was crucial to capture a generation of younger people eligible to vote but not enrolled.

“In remote areas, it’s so hard to enrol unless you have someone there walking you through the form,” she said.

Remote enrolment drive

The Northern Territory Electoral Commission [NTEC] said anything that could be done to promote voting was welcome, as long as it was done ‘tastefully’.

Electoral Commissioner Iain Loganathan said the NTEC had also moved a lot of its promotional work to social media.

The commission had been visiting remote communities since mid-June, with interpreters, to encourage and increase enrolments, The visits will end before the end of the month when the electoral roll closes.

According to the Australian Electoral Commission, the Indigenous enrolment rate at the end of June 2019 was 68 per cent in the NT, an increase on the 2016 statistics.

Mr Loganathan said 140,000 people were enrolled across the NT, 5,000 more than at the last NT election in 2016.

“But that obviously includes all the urban divisions, and comparatively to the remote divisions, there’s been more growth in urban divisions than in remote divisions.”

Additionally, for the first time ever this election, if residents forget to enrol, they may still be eligible to vote.

“There have been some changes to the electoral act,” he said.

“If you’re not sure whether you’re on the roll, still attend, go to the voting centre, and they will help you.”

Early voting centres will open in remote communities from August 10 and for the first time, in larger communities, will accept votes for two days instead of one.

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