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Facebook removed blasphemous content at least 85% on Pakistan request

Faryal Nadeem Mar 27, 2017
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The Interior Ministry informed the Islamabad High Court this Monday that Facebook has blocked almost 85% of blasphemous content present on the social site. Arif Khan, Interior Secretary said that Facebook has replied to them via letter and showed readiness to delete the content. He also mentioned that Federal Government has taken the step and taken representatives to more than 27 Muslim countries to solve the issue.

Moreover, three arrests have been made on the online blasphemy probe case. More than two people were directly involved in sharing blasphemous content on the social platform.

Even the law enforcers have found blasphemous related content from mobile devices as well as laptops. Interrogation team is trying hard to probe the matter. Even the embassy present in Washington has taken the matter with US government. Banning Facebook in the entire country is not the ultimate solution of the blasphemous content present on the internet.

Ismael Shah, The Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said that team comprises of 25 members who worked and researched continuously to find blasphemous content on various social sites. The authorities have taken legal action against 40 pages.

The administration of Facebook have realized the problem and assured to comply with the demand. The PTA chief said that Facebook agrees with our demands to achieve big.

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In his remarks, Justice Shaukat Siddiqui has praised the government for hosting a meeting of 27 envoys Muslims countries. He also expressed displeasure over the role of information ministry and ordered IT minister to explain that why the issue is not resolved yet.

The chief justice has made amendments in the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016.

On March 31, the case hearing is resumed, and the court will direct the parties to submit the progress reports. Government approached Facebook this month and accesses the records of controversial pages, which are accused of spreading blasphemous content. Facebook said that it is well aware of the government reservations and wants to resolve the matter via mutual understanding and bilateral dialogue.

Facebook will send a delegation to Pakistan to investigate the content which government concluded as blasphemous.

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