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US conveys concerns on new social media regulations

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The United States (US) has reportedly conveyed its serious concerns on the proposed new social media regulations with the possibility of Facebook and Pay Pal, social and e-commerce platforms, threatening to leave Pakistan, well informed sources in Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The government had secretly issued social media rules but after criticism across the […]


Man held for sending fake news about COVID-19

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ISLAMABAD: Police has claimed to have arrested a man in Lahore for allegedly spreading fake news through social media about the novel coronavirus and creating panic among the masses, a private news channel reported. According to the details, the suspect was peddling fake news through social media citing that a family of his area has […]


Fake news on social media

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I would like to draw your attention towards the fake news on social media. As you can see, it has become a trend nowadays that people on social media tell other fake news on anything to fool others. For example, somebody will say that there were a lot of people at the market or will […]


University offering online classes to students

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Vice Chancellor of Barrett Hodgson University, Prof Shakil Ahmed Khan, has said that the university is offering online classes during the holidays, and there is no need to take special steps because there is already an online system. Speaking at a meeting, he said that several steps were taken by the university to raise awareness […]


Government to set up media wing to lead digital diplomacy

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government has decided to set up a 23-member media team to devise and lead strategy around digital diplomacy, Dawn has learned. According to prime minister’s focal person on digital media Dr Arslan Khalid, the cabinet had three weeks ago approved the allocation of a supplementary grant of Rs42.791 million during the current […]


President Arif Alvi calls for virus awareness via ‘social media weapons’

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has emphasised the need for preventing coronavirus from spreading through national awareness and strict compliance with “simple measures by all of us”. “It is not a political issue but a national one. The war hero’s role is yours thru ur weapons of social media & ur phone messages. Don’t stop […]


President Arif Alvi calls for virus awareness via ‘social media weapons’

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has emphasised the need for preventing coronavirus from spreading through national awareness and strict compliance with “simple measures by all of us”. “It is not a political issue but a national one. The war hero’s role is yours thru ur weapons of social media & ur phone messages. Don’t stop […]


Centre suggests ban on use of social networking apps in govt offices

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The federal government, concerned about leakages of confidential letters and cyber attacks by foreign intelligence agencies, has issued directives to the provincial governments to ban the use of social networking apps. Moreover, the Sindh government is said to have also taken measures in this regard and is considering banning the use of WhatsApp and other […]


Govt invites social media companies for consultation on Citizen Protection Rules 2020

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We are fully cognizant of the critical role played by Technology Companies in promoting the digital economy and freedom of expression, says PTA. AIC in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Imran Khan warned that the government’s new rules to regulate social media activity will make it “extremely difficult” for digital companies to operate in […]


FIA probed only 32 of 56,000 online abuse cases, senators told

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology on Wednesday decried the performance of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommuni­cation Authority (PTA) in controlling growing abuse at social media platforms and sought their annual performance reports. The Senate committee meeting, which was chaired by Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Rubina Khalid, expressed concern over the […]


Rights activists vow to defend social media freedom

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ISLAMABAD: Rights act­ivists, lawyers, journalists, politicians representing different political parties at a conference held here on Wed­nesday expressed the res­olve to resist and challe­nge government move to res­trict social media freedom. They demanded review of rules framed under the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016 and appro­ved a declaration stating that such “black laws will […]


Social media restrictions lifted in Kashmir

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Indian authorities on Wednesday lifted the ban on access to social media websites in occupied Kashmir. People in the region will now be allowed unrestricted 2G internet access. In addition, internet services will also be available on landline connections. However, this permission will be granted after verification. According to a notification, internet speed shall be […]


Facebook, Telenor launch programmes to train women in digital skills

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ISLAMABAD: Facebook and Telenor on Tuesday launched a joint programme to train 1,000 Pakistani girls and women in digital skills to help them achieve financial empowerment. Pakistani women will celebrate the World Women Day on March 8 (Sunday). Facebook would train the women and girls through its programme called “#SheMeansBusiness” while Telenor launched its programme […]


Social media rules taken off MoITT website following backlash

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The government has reportedly suspended “Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020,” following massive backlash from different segments of society, foreign social media companies as well as the United States, it is learnt. Approved by the federal cabinet on January 28, 2020, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication through a notification stated that in […]