Tag: PTA

PTA blocks trailer of “sacrilegious” movie depicting life of Prophet’s daughter

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has approached several social media platforms to block the trailer of film Lady of Heaven. The film is about an Iraqi child who finds himself in a new home after losing his mother. His grandmother narrates the historical story of Lady Fatima (AS) and how her suffering as first victim of terrorism spun out of control into the 21st century.

PTA issues notices to Google, Wikipedia for disseminating ‘sacrilegious content’

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued notices to Google Inc. and Wikipedia for spreading blasphemous content through their platforms. The PTA after receiving several complaints regarding “misleading search results associated with Present Khalifa of Islam and unauthentic version of Holy Quran on the Google Play Store”, has approached the authorities “to immediately remove the unlawful content.” 

TikTok to invest half-million dollars for training of content producers in Pakistan

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday revealed that Tik Tok will invest half-million dollars for the training of content producers, after the app was blocked for immoral content. PTA also revealed that Tik Tok has blocked 4 million videos during the last three months and suspended 25000 accounts. This was revealed before the Senate standing committee on Information and Technology.

PTA blocks five dating apps, including Tinder citing “immoral content”

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked five dating and live streaming applications including the popular Tinder app citing “immoral content”. The four other apps blocked by the authority are Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi. The PTA had issued notices to the five platforms’ managements asking them to remove “dating services”, but blocked after the platforms did not respond.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority asks YouTube to block objectionable content

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked YouTube to “immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan”. The PTA said viewing such content has “extremely negative effects” and can foster “repugnant discord”. YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and PTA declined to speak about the authority´s next step if YouTube does not comply.

PTA maintains PUBG is a ‘wastage of time’ and will not be unblocked

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in its detailed order has said the popular online game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), is “highly addictive” and a “wastage of time” and will not be unblocked. In a detailed order released on July 23, the PTA ruled that it was necessary to block the online game in the interest of public order.

IHC calls PTA’s ban on PUBG void, directs immediate restoration of online game

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has declared the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA’s) move to suspend Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) void and directed the authority to “immediately” restore the online game. The move comes in direct contrast to a Tweet posted by PTA last night, announcing that the game would remain blocked in the country.

Waqar Zaka to challenge PUBG ban in Sindh High Court

Host Waqar Zaka has said that he will be filing a petition in the Sindh High Court to lift the ban on PUBG. In the latest video on his YouTube channel, Zaka said the move has been made by those who want to “prevent the youth of Pakistan from excelling in e-sports” and also do not want Pakistan to excel in e-commerce. 

PTA extends deadline for blocking of IMEIs by 30 days

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has extended the deadline for blocking unregulated IMEIs for an additional 30 days. PTA has given extension due to the coronavirus outbreak, to provide relief and facilitation to the public. The blocking of mobile devices that are not compliant with PTA regulations will resume from May 19 and will be communicated via SMS. 

PTA blocks eight numbers over Ehsaas programme fraud

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked eight mobile phone numbers over Ehsaas programme fraud. Many people filed a complaint with the PTA that they received messages from these numbers asking for their details to register for the Ehsaas Emergency Cash programme. The PTA has sent these numbers to the FIA to investigate who is behind these scams.