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TikTok Banned in Pakistan After Racking Up 43 Million Downloads

  • Regulators accuse the app of failing to police its content
  • Pakistan is TikTok’s 12th largest market by downloads
Photographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg

Pakistani regulators moved to block the popular video app TikTok in the country, citing the parent company’s inability to police immoral and indecent content on the service.

TikTok, which is owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance Ltd., has a sizable user base in Pakistan. The app has been installed nearly 43 million times in the country, including 14.7 million installs this year alone, according to data from research firm SensorTower. That makes Pakistan TikTok’s 12th largest market. The U.S., by comparison, has seen over 200 million downloads, according to SensorTower.