TikTok, the Chinese app has taken the world by storm with its introduction of short dubbed videos which people can seamlessly scroll through millions of videos of people. The social media platform in Pakistan has seen the rise of funny content posters alongside nudity and lewd behavior. next destination of TikTokers after it is banned in Pakistan.
TikTok stars like Jannat Mirza have achieved great fame with amassing a staggering 10 million followers and becoming the first Pakistani social media personality to do so. However, TikTok has been banned by PTA in recent days due to the aforementioned lewd content and immoral behavior in terms of the cultural background and values of the Pakistani government.
TikTok has been a source of joy and entertainment to many. In the current Corona Virus pandemic, it has spread laughter and joy to many families and individuals who were stuck in their homes. It has helped people from poorer backgrounds earn a living and enjoy themselves and spend their days and has reduced the elitism that exists in social-media platforms.
However, there is ofcourse a dark side to Tiktok which has been plaguing the social media platform from the start. The acceptance of lewd material has led to many individuals amassing fame through these methods. Women, in particular, have seen great success by wearing indecent / immoral clothing which has led to countries such as Pakistan banning the platform altogether for their immoral content. The ban, if right or not, is a discussion to be had another day. Right now, the matter at hand is what will the next destination of TikTokers be after its ban in Pakistan.
To analyze this, one must understand the trends of social media in general. When YouTube was banned most creators either quit the business altogether or resorted to Facebook or Instagram to express themselves. In the same way, we expect that most of these TikTokers would just simply move their large followings to other social media platforms in Pakistan and would thus not be affected by the ban. It is the smaller creators, however, that would pay the price of this ban.