TikTokers call TikTok ban a blow to creative freedoms and livelihoods

Pakistani TikTok community is angered and devastated after Chinese application TikTok was banned in Pakistan. To many, the platform was their identity and their livelihood.  As the reality of the ban set in, many of the biggest stars vented their anger at the move, terming it as yet another blow to creative freedom in Pakistan.

Highlighting the fact that the application was a source of income for many, Pakistan’s biggest TikTok star, Jannat Mirza, called for the removal of the ban.

“In general, it was a good app. It was accessible for everyone. So much talent emerged through this app,” she emphasised.

She conceded that it may have been used for “notorious and hate activities”, “but it [TikTok] must continue, with strict rules and conditions”.

The social media sensation recently became the first in the country to amass 10 million followers.

“There are dozens of other social media applications where immoral and indecent content is shared in Pakistan. Why is the government not taking any strict action against those platforms?” another TikTok star with a fan following of over 8 million asked. Zulqurnain Sikander questioned why the actions of “10 out of 100 people” got TikTok banned in Pakistan.

Sikander is popular for his over-the-top comedy videos on the application and has also contributed to spreading awareness about coronavirus through his creative sketches on TikTok.

Another content creator named Jam Safdar, who has a dedicated fan following for his bizarre yet creative videos on Tiktok, censured the authorities for taking away a source of income for many like him who used the platform as a means to earn bread and butter for their families.

Safdar, who hails from a village in Punjab, complained that he had raked in over 1.3 million followers on the application “with my blood and sweat.”

Source: Geo TV