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FIA gets powers to act against anti-state social media posts

FIA has been empowered to act against anyone who intends to spread “rumours and false information against state institutions” on social media after the federal government approved an amendment to the FIA Act with the insertion of the PPC's Section 505 relating to statements conducing to public mischief in its scheduled offences.

Ehsanullah Ehsan spreading TTP propaganda on social media; PTA unaware

June 25th, 2021; By Ahmed Saeed; LAHORE ; Former TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan is propagating hateful content, & TTP propaganda & news on Facebook. Meanwhile the PTA says it is unaware of any such account.

IHC asks PTA to consult stakeholders over social media rules

December 19th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's (PTA) to hold a meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders over the newly-introduced social media rules in the country.

Big tech outlines objections to social media rules in new letter to PM

December 11th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In a new letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, big technology firms have outlined their objections to the social media rules in the country, renewing calls for a credible consultation with the gove6rnment.

Big tech threaten pullout saying new rules violate users’ privacy and free speech

November 20th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In its reaction to recently notified social media rules, a coalition of big technology firms has warned of pulling out of the country saying the PTA will force social media companies to violate established human rights norms on privacy and freedom of expression.

Terms used in the online rules may be redefined if misused; says IT minister

October 10th, 2020; By Haider Kaleem; LAHORE; Federal minister of IT says the terms used in the removal and blocking of ‘unlawful’ content rules 2020 maybe if redefined if misused. The revised draft has been ratified by the cabinet but not notified yet.

Draft social media rules give unfettered powers to PTA: activists

October 6th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Digital rights activists say a new draft of social media rules sent to a cabinet committee gives unfettered powers to PTA for blocking online content on the pretext of illegal, blasphemous, obscene, or defamatory content.
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Digital Rights Activists Alarmed At Pakistan’s Content Restriction Policy For Facebook

Pakistan sent the highest number of content censoring or removal requests to Facebook in the first half of 2019 according to Facebook’s transparency report released on May 12. The Facebook transparency report ...