TikTok content creators from Islamabad and Abbottabad are under severe criticism for setting parts of Margalla hills on fire.
We are already in the middle of a climate change crisis with temperatures soaring high as 50 degrees in parts of Pakistan. We must do everything in our power to minimize the affects of our daily activities on the climate. In a time like this, TikTokers setting fire to Margalla hills for views is unacceptable. Additionally, it is an enovoirmental hazard.
While their is severe criticism on social media regarding their recent actions, the authorities have decided to impose criminal charges on those who are guilty after complaints were received from Capital Development Authority’s Environment Wing.
As per Samaa News, “at least one person is in custody while environment officials are seeking to register a case against the content creators.” The publication confirms that three separate TikTokers set fire in Margalla Hills on separate occasions.
The clip of TikToker walking in front of a fiery background was uploaded on Instagram of which screenshots are circulating online. The video is no longer available as it was removed within a few hours after being uploaded on social media after being severely cristised.
TikTok Releases Official Statement
A spokesperson of TikTok said that the promotion of dangerous content or illegal behavior is a violation of the platform’s community guidelines. The spokesperson said there was no place for illegal and dangerous activities and the videos have been removed from the platform. “Everyone should be careful and responsible for their behaviour,” he added.
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