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Any unwarranted restriction on digital media poses a threat to the nascent industry

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One of the policies of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Digital Pakistan initiative is to generate sustainable innovation, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for the country’s rapidly growing tech-savvy and entrepreneurial youth. The initiative aims to promote and encourage entrepreneurship by providing incentives to the IT sector and training young professionals to become freelancers. However, the nascent […]


Govt finalizes policy to check Covid-19 disinformation

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KARACHI: The government has finalised a framework to closely monitor both mainstream and social media for Covid-19 disinformation and directed media regulatory bodies to take strict action against individuals propagating ‘fake news’. Last week, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had for­m­ed a committee under the chairmanship of Interior Minister retired Brig Ijaz Shah […]


Court moved for ban on TikTok

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LAHORE: A civil miscellaneous application has been filed in the Lahore High Court demanding an immediate ban on a famous mobile phone video application, TikTok. Advocate Nadeem Sarwar moved the application on behalf of a citizen who is a petitioner in a main petition pending with the court. The lawyer contended that hearing of the […]


Police seek social media jurisdiction

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LAHORE: The Lahore police have approached the government for delegation of powers to the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and district police for initiation of legal action against instigators of criminal offences and sectarian violence through social media. The social media currently does not fall in the domain of the police. However, some cases of heinous offences […]


On the market of information

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Misinformation and disinformation has become a growing menace, not just over social media but also at conventional media, leading to growing demands by media consumers and by some senior members of journalistic community for better code of conduct to improve the standard of news and views. Yet somehow the subject of regulation irks nearly all […]


TikToker killed by train

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GUJRAT: A 15-year-old boy was run over and killed by a train when he was making a TikTok video near the rail track in Jhelum early on Saturday. Rescue sources said Ibraheem Butt of Dina (Jhelum district) was making a video on his cell phone close to the rail track when he was run over […]


Facebook to promote voting registration resources to users

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ISLAMABAD – Facebook will start promoting voter registration links to all eligible US users. According to the company, it will pin links to the top of user feeds in the US for any users who are of voting age. An informational box will also give users data on how to register and will direct them […]


Social media rules: Facebook, PTA meeting

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KARACHI: A delegation from Facebook held a virtual meeting with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to discuss the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020, and to propose recommendations as part of an ongoing consultation process. In the meeting, Facebook representatives highlighted that the rules should: strive for greater transparency on content restricted in Pakistan; […]


PTA extends VPN registration deadline

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ISLAMABAD: In order to facilitate businesses and general public for registration of virtual private networks (VPNs), the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has decided to extend the VPN registration deadline for one month to July 31. The legitimate VPN users have been asked to approach their internet service provider for initiating VPN registration process. For resolution […]


PTA rebuffs media report, terms VPN registration process ‘simple and swift’

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Refuting a recently published media report titled ‘How PTA’s Corporate VPN ban could cripple small IT businesses and startups’, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has clarified that contrary to the news item, legitimate users can easily register their VPNs, through their service providers, without any charges.  The report published in Profit Magazine of Pakistan Today on […]


PCB to ban use of social media during England series

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will reportedly ban the use of social media during the upcoming England series and direct the players to shun approaches by the unknown individuals in order to avoid any unpleasant event during the tour. Pakistan is scheduled to play against England in three Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), with […]


PTA asks internet users to register VPNs to avoid ban after June 30

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KARACHI: Internet users in Pakistan will be unable to browse the web using encryption software after June 30, unless they register Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) with the telecom authorities. In a press release dated June 10 and newspaper advertisements, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has invited customers using VPNs to browse the internet to register […]


Punjab govt urged to enhance social media presence

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LAHORE: The Punjab University Institute of Administrative Sciences has carried out a research stressing the government to increase its social media presence for citizens’ online participation in its various programmes. The research titled “Can government’s presence on social media stimulate citizens’ online political participation — investigating the influence of transparency, trust, and responsiveness — was […]


Senate panel discusses social media campaign against Zardari

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meeting on Thursday discussed matters of fake videos and rumours being circulated about former president Asif Ali Zardari and implementation on the committee’s report regarding payment to PTCL pensioners. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Rubina Khalid at the Parliament House. The chair noted that till the time proper punishments were given […]