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Exclusive — TikTokers angry, devastated; call TikTok ban a blow to creative freedoms

TikTokers have called for an immediate lift on the ban and urged authorities to reconsider their decision. Photo:

When Chinese application TikTok was banned in Pakistan on Friday, the Pakistani TikTok community was caught unawares. To many, the platform was their identity and their livelihood — an integral part of who they are and what they do.

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. reached out to some of the biggest stars on the platform to touch base and get their reactions on the government’s decision.

‘So much talent emerged through this app’
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.

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