The government on Monday decided to shut down two popular smartphone-based video-sharing apps — Tik Tok and Bigo — and block 15,636 adult websites and 2,235 gambling websites.
Posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar published a Facebook post on his verified account on Monday, confirming the matter.
Asked about the move, Jabbar told New Age, ‘We have found nothing positive out of these two apps and decided to close them accordingly.’
‘Our effort is to make internet space free from any sort of indecent content so that the young people can take benefit out of it,’ he said.
The smartphone-based Tik Tok app drew public attention after two users had mocked anomalies in the national elections.
Along with the apps, the minister also directed officials of the department of telecommunications to close down 15,636 pornographic and 2,235 gambling websites.
Following the directive of the ministry, around 4,500 pornographic websites were closed since February 7.
The BTRC ordered the closure of 176 more gambling sites on Sunday.