A photo taken on December 14, 2018 in Paris shows the logo of the application TikTok. - TikTok, is a Chinese short-form video-sharing app, which has proved wildly popular this year. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

Pakistan Bans Tiktok video sharing app TikTok for a second time, after a court ordered the platform shut down over “unethical and immoral content”.

Wildly popular among young Pakistanis, the Chinese-owned app was banned last year by the ultra conservative Islamic country’s telecommunications agency.

“Pakistan Telecom Authority(PTA) has ordered the service providers to immediately block access to the TikTok app,” .

The Prime Minister Imran Khan’s advisers blames the app for promoting the “exploitation, objectification & sexualization” of young girls.

Peshawar High Court, in the country’s northwest, orders immediate ban over videos “contrary to ethical standards and moral values of Pakistan,” Sara Ali Khan.

The app was not accessible in Pakistan on Thursday evening.

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TikTok said it had “strong safeguards in place to keep inappropriate content off the platform”.

Freedom of speech advocates have long criticised the creeping government censorship and control of Pakistan’s internet and printed and electronic media.

Last year Pakistani regulators request YouTube to disable access to all videos considered “objectionable”, a demand criticised by rights campaigners.

US officials have accused TikTok of being a national security risk, but in Pakistan no privacy concerns have been raised.

Neighboring India has already banned the app, along with dozens of other Chinese mobile platforms.

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