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By Anniek Bao / Oct 21, 2020 05:58 PM / World

Pakistan’s recent ban on TikTok services has been far shorter-lived for the Chinese social media app than similar actions taken by the U.S. and India. Some are crediting that rapid reversal at least partly to Islamabad’s long-running ties with Beijing.

On Monday, a ban on the video-sharing app was lifted in Pakistan, its 12th biggest market with over 43 million downloads, just 10 days after the original action was taken. As part of the lifting, TikTok promised to establish a moderation mechanism to police content along lines that are deemed locally appropriate.

After the lifting of restrictions, TikTok’s downloads on Apple’s App Store in Pakistan soared to third place in the world on the SensorTower ranking for the day, 10 places higher than the day before.

TikTok was just the latest internet company to fall foul of Pakistan’s internet watchdog, following previous run-ins with the U.S.’s YouTube, and dating apps Tinder and Grindr.

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