Pakistan officials have announced a ban on TikTok after receiving complaints of unlawful content on the popular short-form video-sharing app. It’s the latest country to block the app after India instituted a similar ban and the U.S. attempted to do the same because of a squabble over who owns TikTok’s American business, which is currently the Beijing-based Bytedance.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in a statement Friday that it came to the decision after TikTok failed to censor “immoral and indecent” content on its platform, the Associated Press reports. After receiving several complaints and petitions calling for the app to be banned, the authority gave TikTok a final warning in July to meet its guidelines and take down unlawful content (the Muslim-majority country has several media regulations intended to preserve conservative values), which the company purportedly failed to do.
After the Federal Aviation Administration last month granted Rocket Lab, a commercial launch company, a license to fly its small Electron rocket from the facility, Wallops could soon see a significant increase in launches as the company joins Northrop Grumman in launching from this remote site. While Rocket Lab is largely focused on national security missions, Northrop Grumman launches its Antares rocket to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station on cargo resupply missions at a rate of about two a year, with its next launch scheduled for Friday at 9:16 p.m. Northrop also launches its Minotaur rocket from Wallops.
Rocket Lab wants to launch to orbit as frequently as once a month from Wallops, which would make the facility the second busiest launch site in the country, behind Cape Canaveral, which is on track to fly 39 rockets to orbit this year.
Standard Chartered Bank has announced the appointment of Ajanthan Sivathas as the Country Technology Manager, Sri Lanka to lead the Digital and Data Strategy of the Sri Lankan office as part of the country management team.
Ajanthan joins Standard Chartered from Unilever Sri Lanka, where he was the Head of Information Technology for Sri Lanka. He worked across many digital transformation projects involving technologies related to Cloud Computing, Microsoft Office 365 tools, RPAs and Data Analytics in a career spanning over a decade.
Bingumal Thewarathanthri, CEO, Standard Chartered Sri Lanka welcomed the appointment. “Ajanthan brings vigour and focus to the digital journey of Standard Chartered bank Sri Lanka, at a time when the new normal has permeated the way we do things, and where the digital advantage is crucial for growth and development. We welcome Ajanthan to the country management team and will be working closely with him as he