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Civil servants should submit social media accounts details

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Wednesday took exception to use of social media by the civil servants and hinted at passing an appropriate order in this regard. The chief justice observed that the civil servants should submit details of their cellular numbers and social media accounts to the relevant departments. […]


Activism on social media gets speed breakers removed

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The Swat district administration has cleared the road by removing the speed-breakers after a user of social networking site Facebook drew the attention of illegal speed breakers in the Sangota area of Tehsil Babuzai here on Tuesday. With the active role of Deputy Commissioner Junaid Khan on the social networking website Facebook, the people have […]


KP Assembly adopts resolution to allow Facebook’s monetization

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at allowing Facebook’s monetisation in Pakistan. The resolution was moved by MPA Ziaullah Bangash of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. The resolution recommended to the provincial government to ask the federal government to take steps to “turn on” Facebook’s monetisation so youth can benefit and earn […]


Internet freedom declined in Pakistan in 2020, says report

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ISLAMABAD: Internet freedom in Pakistan declined dramatically in 2020 due to increased blocking of political, social and cultural websites by the government, beefed-up operationalisation of an undeclared policy of connectivity restrictions and increased disinformation and weaponisation of the cybercrime law as a tool. This is the crux of the findings of the “Annual Pakistan media […]


Tech-savvy but media obtuse

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“The media only spreads lies,” says every other Bashir as he opens WhatsApp and forwards conspiracy theories or pictures of miracles with “Allah” written in the sky. While there is no shortage of media haters (who overwhelmingly rely on clickbait links on online platforms) in the country, the corporate sector is particularly apprehensive about how […]


Spreading terrorism, inciting hate: Over 19,000 social media accounts taken down, says NACTA

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ISLAMABAD: National Counter Terrorism Authority said more than 19,000 social media had been taken down for inciting hate and spreading terrorism in the country. Google, Facebook, and Twitter had taken down the 19,727 accounts involved in spreading hate and terrorism, the counter-terrorism agency said. 9,633 pages were spreading religious hatred, while 10,094 social media accounts […]


Internet disparity

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Pakistan seems to be on a slippery slope this year as the country continues to show dismal performance in international rankings. First it was the Corruption Perceptions Index, then the Global Gender Gap Index, and now Pakistan has managed to dropped down to the 90th ranking, out of 120, on the Inclusive Internet Index — […]


Internet access

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Pakistan ranks the lowest among South Asian countries in terms of access to the internet, as measured by the Economist’s Intelligence Unit. The report on internet usage among 120 countries puts Pakistan at 90th place, well behind India which occupies the 49th position followed by Sri Lanka at 77th. Even Iran, recognized as a closed […]


‘Social media used to destroy peace in Pakistan’

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Wednesday that social media was the major weapon used in the past few days with an aim to destroy peace in Pakistan. Addressing a presser in context of the agreement signed between the government and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), he said the interior ministry held a […]


Fake social media accounts and marginalization of women in Pakistan

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Pakistani social media circles continue to bear witness to an influx of fake accounts. Among a recent trend is a rise of Twitter handles posing as foreigners, often upholding claims that bear uncanny resemblance to the state’s narrative. Recently a foreign female blogger tweeted: “No one in the world respects women as much as Pakistani […]


Ostrich approach

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ON Friday, Pakistan blocked all popular social media and internet messaging applications including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, and WhatsApp for four hours across the country to “maintain public order” in anticipation of protests by the recently banned TLP. Such blocking undermines fundamental rights, impacts an already fragile economy, defies logic of security, and punishes citizens […]


Blocking social media

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FOR four hours this week, all social media platforms in the country were shut down, a measure the government said was necessary ahead of the clampdown on violent TLP supporters on Friday. Successive governments have blocked mobile networks and platforms such as TikTok, Facebook and YouTube on separate occasions in the past, but this blanket […]


Fawad apologises over social media suspension

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ISLAMABAD: The social media sites were blocked in extreme circumstances and every effort will be made to prevent a shutdown in future, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said. The newly-appointed information minister also regretted the blockage of social media sites across the country from 11am to 3pm on Friday. He also promised that he […]


Action initiated against TLP’s social media

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KARACHI: Sindh police’s Counter-Terrorism Department on Friday initiated action against social media accounts allegedly maintained by supporters and workers of the recently banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan, according to CTD Sindh chief Omar Shahid Hamid. “The CTD has initiated action against individuals who used social media to incite violence, spread hate and glorified the assaults on law […]