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‘We can’t see your private messages’: WhatsApp seeks to reassure users after new policy sparks exodus

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WhatsApp on Tuesday sought to reassure its two billion users that their personal messages to friends and family will remain private after an update in its terms of service raised eyebrows on social media and was criticized by digital rights activists. Unveiled on Wednesday, WhatsApp’s new privacy terms reserve the right to share user data, […]


Pakistan’s first social media app will be ready by the end of 2021: IT Minister

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Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, Syed Amin-ul-Haque stated that IT Ministry will make Pakistan’s first social media application before 2021 ends. Everyone will have open access to the application. It has been reported that the application will be an all-encompassing one, as it would have all the features the American messaging application WhatsApp has, […]


Data protection law on the cards in Pakistan after WhatsApp policy shift

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Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said that the government was making efforts to introduce a strong data protection law to protect citizens’ privacy after WhatsApp announced on Thursday it will now share personal data of users including phone numbers and locations with its parent company, Facebook. “Instead of adopting a […]


Social media websites asked to establish offices in country, IHC told

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that popular social media websites had been asked to set up their offices in Pakistan. PTA’s counsel disclosed this information before the IHC on a petition filed against uploading of “blasphemous” content on social media and Netflix. IHC Justice Aamer Farooq was hearing the […]


PTA moves to get blasphemous movie trailer blocked on social media

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has approached social media platforms for removal of trailers regarding a sacrilegious movie titled “Lady of Heaven”. In a statement issued here yesterday, the PTA said, keeping in view different reports regarding release of the movie titled “Lady of Heaven” and its sacrilegious content, it has directed social media […]


Plea against offensive material on Google put off

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MULTAN: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Wednesday heard a petition seeking removal of offensive content from Google and adjourned the case until Jan 20. The public prosecutors informed the apex court that a meeting was held in the office of the Attorney General on Tuesday to work out a mechanism in […]


Can FIA file a case against Google, wonders LHC

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LAHORE: Hearing a petition against the government’s failure to remove blasphemous material from internet, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Monday asked a federal law officer if the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has the jurisdiction to lodge a case against search engine Google. Several FIA officials were present in the court in […]


PTA and social media

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Outlandish warnings that are a source of embarrassment for the country   Despite being a direct beneficiary of unregulated social media that helped propel the party into being a mainstream political contender, the PTI, since coming to power after winning the 2018 general elections has made all-out efforts to control the type and flow of content […]


PTA issues notice to Wikipedia, Google

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ISLAMABAD: The Pak­istan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued notices to Google Inc. and Wikipedia for “disseminating sacrilegious content”. An official statement on Friday said: “PTA has been receiving complaints about misleading search results associated with Present Khalifa of Islam and unauthentic version of the Holy Quran uploaded by the Ahmadiyya Community on Google Play Store. […]


Pakistan’s first digital media platform ‘RINSTRA’ launched

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ISLAMABAD: Emerging and established content creators and filmmakers both in Pakistan and abroad would be able to make use of the entrepreneurship opportunities that will be provided by RINSTRA, Pakistan’s first digital media platform which was launched on Tuesday. The launching ceremony was held Tuesday in which the RINSTRA Goes Live across the globe. The […]


LDA to ban misleading ads on social media

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LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has approached the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to impose a ban on social media advertisements of unapproved or illegal housing schemes in Lahore division. In a written communiqué, the authority has pointed out that various illegal private housing schemes are advertising their projects and schemes through social media campaigns. […]


IHC seeks federation’s reply over social media rules legality

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ISLAMABAD: While issuing notices to the federation in response to a plea claiming provisions of Social Media Rules 2020 were curbing constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has asked the Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) and others to submit a reply by January 25, 2021, on the matter. Challenging Social Media Rules (Removal […]


IHC admits petition against social media rules

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Athar Minallah on Friday admitted the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) petition for regular hearing against the recently enforced social media rules. While the counsel for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Ahmar Bilal Soofi received the court notice after the very first hearing inside the […]


IHC to hear petition against social media rules

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has challenged social media rules enacted by the government, before Islamabad High Court (IHC). IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah will hear the petition today. The petitioner, Nasir Zaidi, secretary general of the union, cited Ministry of Information Technology secretary and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman as respondents. According […]