Indonesia lifts Tik Tok ban

11 JUL 2018

Users in Indonesia regained access to Chinese video app Tik Tok after government officials in the country overturned a ban on the service.

The app was blocked on 3 July by Indonesian authorities, who claimed it hosted pornographic and blasphemous content in violation of the country’s strict internet regulations.

Reuters reported Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology agreed to unblock the app after Tik Tok promised to remove “all negative content” and open a new office in the country to keep lines of communication with the government open.

Tik Tok currently has 20 content curators working in the country, but company VP Zhen Liu recently told local press the app’s parent company Toutiao would add up to 200 personnel in Indonesia by the end of 2018.

CNN Indonesia added Tik Tok also agreed to strengthen content filters with artificial intelligence, create community guidelines specific to users in Indonesia and raise the minimum age limit for users to 13 to satisfy regulators.

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