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PTA takes down fake Twitter handles impersonating army officers

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked two fake Twitter handles associated with two retired officers of the Pakistan Army, promoting narrative of a political party. According to sources, the Twitter accounts of Major General (retd) Faisal Mushtaq and Major General (retd) Asghar turned out to be fake. The accounts are being run by a […]


Two held in Lahore for sharing blasphemous content

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LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested two people for allegedly sharing blasphemous content on social media. The FIA cybercrime Lahore has booked Muhammad Usama and Maisham Abbas under sections 295-C (use of derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), 295-B (defiling of Holy Quran), 109 (abetment), 120-B (liable to punishment for offence committed within […]


Sindh’s social media users spreading anti-state material to face action

KARACHI: The provincial government on Friday assigned premier security agencies the task to comb out those who are spreading ‘venomous material’ on social media and ‘brainwashing’ youngsters against the state and its institutions. Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah took the decision while presiding over the 27th Apex Committee meeting which was attended among others […]


Muhammad Abubakar Appointed PM’s Focal Person on Digital Media

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Muhammad Abubakar Umer has been appointed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s focal person on digital media on an honorary basis. In 2019-2020, Abubakar acquired a master’s degree in Communications Governance from the London School of Economics as a Chevening Scholar. Since then, he has been working with the Institute for Art and Culture as the lead […]


Court refers social media rules to National Assembly speaker for review

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday referred the social media rules to the National Assembly speaker for review and to make necessary amendments to ensure freedom of expression. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah resumed hearing on the identical petitions filed against the social media rules introduced by the previous Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government. […]


FIA warns overseas Pakistanis

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Sunday warned the overseas Pakistanis who are allegedly involved in committing offences on the social media that their names can be put on the Exit Control List (ECL) and can be issued red notices through Interpol to arrest them. According to a press release issued by the FIA: […]


The Federal Investigation Agency challenges the Islamabad High Court order against PECA Section 20 in Supreme Court

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) challenged on Saturday the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) order, declaring the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) Section 20 as unconstitutional, in the Supreme Court. The FIA contended that the IHC provided the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) relief “without legal justification”, claiming that the high court had misinterpreted […]


Government decides to crack down on people spreading ‘immoral videos’ on social media

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Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Friday announced the government had decided to crack down on people involved in spreading “immoral videos” on social media with an intent to defame individuals and taint their image. The announcement from the minister comes a couple of hours after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) released a statement, saying it […]


Pakistan calls for fighting proliferating ‘fake news’ on social media

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At the United Nations, Pakistan has called for fighting the proliferating ‘fake news’ and disinformation on social media platforms. The suggestion was given by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Munir Akram while speaking on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China at the UN General Assembly’s Committee on Information. Source: […]


Health employees oppose monitoring of their social media activities

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PESHAWAR: The doctors and paramedics have criticized the health department’s move to initiate action against those opposing the government’s policies on social media. However, the health secretary insisted that the department wanted to implement the relevant law to act against those critical of its policy matters. On April 30, the health department issued a notification […]


India blocks six more Pakistani YouTube channels

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ISLAMABAD—The Indian government has blocked six more Pakistani YouTube news channels and Facebook pages for spreading disinformation on national security, law and order, and foreign relations. In the latest crackdown, the Indian government added 16 more channels to the list of banned YouTube channels. Out of those 16 channels, ten are from India, and six […]


Deputy Commissioner takes action social media accounts over humiliation of a special person

PESHAWAR, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Swat who is also District Magistrate Tuesday took stern action against persons involved in exploitation and humiliation of a special person Bakht Rahman on social media platforms. He ordered to send three accused of humiliation and defamation including Iftikhar, Saeedullah and Gul Saeed from Khawaja Khel Tehsil to Buner Jail for […]


TikTok removes 6.5m ‘violative’ videos from Pakistan

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The short-form video platform, TikTok, has removed more than 6.5 million violative videos from Pakistan. TikTok released its latest Community Guidelines Enforcement Report for Q4 2021 (Oct-Dec 2021), including updates on its commitment to support the safety of the community and foster kindness on the platform. The report reflects the platform’s ongoing commitment to earn […]


Two teachers suspended for ‘misuse’ of social media

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LAHORE: The Punjab School Education Department (SED) has suspended two schoolteachers for using social media networking platforms in violation of an order barring them from such practices. The department has suspended schoolteachers – Umar Daraz of Government Girls Primary School 311/WB Tehsil Dunya Pur and Muhammad Waseem (PST) of Government Primary School Akhtarabad, Bahawalpur City, […]