On the 20th of July 2020, the Pakistan telecommunication authority banned a live streaming app named Bigo Live. PTA has started taking action against all the apps spreading immorality and vulgarity.
At the start of July 2020, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) banned a Chinese online multiplayer game named Player’s Unknown Battleground (PUBG) mobile. The game got banned due to many petitions and complaints filed against this game.
There are various apps available on the Internet that are conveying the immoral and inappropriate message to the world. Many Countries banned such apps after considering the damage caused by them.
Bigo Live is an online streaming application that allows the users to live stream and talk to their fans directly. This function is also available on some upper-class platforms like Instagram and Facebook.
This app became a source of nudity and vulgarity as the streamers started sharing their explicit videos online for gaining fan following. Therefore, countries started banning this application. Pakistan is the country to ban this app recently.
Not only Pakistan Telecommunication Authority banned this app. But, it also issued a final warning to the most trending app in teens, Tiktok. PTA issued a statement that we are banning this Bigo-Live app and warning Tiktok for the last time to stop this immorality.
BIGO technology is the owner of this application, Bigo Live. The headquarter of BIGO technology resides in Singapore. This application got released for Android and IOS in March of 2016. This application ranked as the NO 1 app of Thailand in 2016.
NASDAQ stocks listed BIGO Technology in March of 2019. After a period of 8 months, In November 2019 this application recorded 350 million active users worldwide and that was a huge victory for this app. But, every rise must see a downfall according to the laws of nature.
The BIGO technology integrated Artificial Intelligence to this application for enhanced user engagement and experience.
Bigo Banned and TikTok warned
Shortly after the temporary ban imposed on PUBG mobile, the people of Pakistan started raising voice for banning Tiktok and other video sharing applications too. Yesterday, the PTA finally considered this matter and banned a live streaming app named Bigo Live.
Moreover, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority issued a warning to the TikTok for stopping vulgarity. Otherwise, TikTok will be the next in line to get banned by PTA. These apps allowed users to share their videos and come live to talk to their fans.
Section 37 of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Acts (PECA) 2016 allows PTA to ban all the applications and websites sharing unlawful content on their platforms.
Many celebrities and politicians have opposed this ban as this will be killing of the tech industry in Pakistan. PTA should put some restrictions on these apps rather than banning them completely.