Since the government’s decision to ease lockdown, the COVID-19 situation has become rather despondent in Pakistan. n order to come up with a solution, the Governor of Punjab, Chahudary Ghulam Sarwar, and wife his invited TikTok stars to the Governor House to raise awareness about the current pandemic. The meeting was attended by top TikTok users including Kanwal Aftab, Zulqurnain Sikandar, Sehar hayyat, Warda Javaid, Daniya Sohail and Haider Ali who spoke about the current situation and shared their input on how the platform can be better used to raise awareness among masses to stop the spread of misinformation.
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The Governor of #Punjab invited #Pakistani #TikTok stars to raise awareness about the the ongoing pandemic. #TikTok sensations #KanwalAftab #SeharHayyat, #HarisAli among others spoke about the current situation and shared their input on how the platform can be better used to raise awareness amongst masses to stop the spread of misinformation. (📸: Twitter)
The thought behind the idea was that since the app has a massive reach in Pakistan and content creators are followed by urban as well as rural netizens, spreading of a public service message via the app may prove to be a good idea.
However, shortly after the news came out, Twitter went ablaze with all sorts of Tweets. Some supportive and some not-so-supportive! Many were of the view that doctors should’ve been invited and given this initiative to spread awareness on the matter while only a few raised their voice in favour.
Here’s what’s happening…
— AyMisH (@Aymiish) June 5, 2020
— Jamal (@Jamal26682405) June 5, 2020
And if its a joke….mujhe hansi nahi ai….and if its true then I guess I should quit my degree and install TikTok today…and no wonder that soon we gonna see pubg players on pak india border…#TikTok pic.twitter.com/yt94UDFfa9
— Fiza Zahra Rajpoot (@FizaZahraRajpot) June 5, 2020
I am all up for use of Tiktok stars to create awareness about Covid19 among masses. Its a platform with massive reach and I hope they can come up with constructive content.
— Hammad Anwar (@manihammad) June 4, 2020
— Shahid Hussain (@SDhussain_678) June 5, 2020
Many people are feeling so bad today now TikToker will guide us So ! Dear all my Doctors, engineers, Professors, and all my well-qualified ones never feel bad nothing goes wrong if Pakistani 's tik toker providing awareness at Massive level through entertainment #TikTok pic.twitter.com/W6Q7g2LUDE
— Ali Shah (@Alyy_shah) June 5, 2020
Undoubtedly, the majority like to watch videos on #TikTok 4 entertainment & the Tiktokers have gathered a considerable viewership. Using them to spread awarness about protection against #COVID19 may surely be helpful, but in the governor house by the Governor–Look odd.!#TikTok
— Sidra Rizvi (@SidraRizvi16) June 5, 2020
Bss yeh dekhna baki Tha. Now TikToker are invited to spreading awareness about Covid19. They(TikToker)are the same people who were making jokes on Corona virus. Why not any youtuber were invited? Why not any doctor or nurses were invited? #TikTok pic.twitter.com/MNJ2bycIRF
— Samreen Gul (@samreen_14) June 5, 2020
There is no need to get education nd become a doctor,engineer, lawyer, Army nd so on..its better to make a account of #tiktok nd spread awareness on #COVIDー19 like corona jaa jaa pakistan 🇵🇰 say nikal jaa mairay School Mairi university say nikal jaa 🤦♂️
— salman cheema🇵🇰🇵🇰 (@salmangopi) June 5, 2020
Just a famous one would get all the privileges in this country and the educated ones would be unemployed, disrespected and mistreated? Such a pity. Such things make me ashamed of being a citizen of this nation. #TikTok #Whomtoblame https://t.co/dnjOCdvNRW
— Maira Saleem (@saleem_maira) June 4, 2020
— Sanaullah jamali (@cspsanaullah) June 5, 2020
We live in a country where People with degrees are unemployed.
And these Uneducated people having some followers on TIKTOK will teach us how to survive in this Pandemic Situation.
THIS IS NAYA PAKISTAN. pic.twitter.com/kb8z35uP69
— JahanZaib (@JahanZaibb_) June 4, 2020
— Eqra_Malik (@eqra_Malik897) June 5, 2020
While Twitter stays divided on the matter, let us know what your opinion is. Was it a good move to call TikTok influencers to the Governor House to raise awareness about the rampant virus? Let us know by dropping a comment on our Instagram page.