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‘Indian digital media engaging in systematic propaganda against Pakistan’

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ISLAMABAD: According to data revealed by the Islamabad Institute of Policy Research (IPRI) on Thursday, the Indian digital media has been engaging in systematic propaganda against Pakistan that grew exponentially following the 2018 general elections. The IPRI report reveals that Indian propaganda has been revolving around four key themes: campaigns against Pakistani armed forces, stoking […]


Pakistan: Civil society groups demand transparency and consultation in the drafting of social media rules

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In a statement signed by several civil society groups and concerned individuals, the Pakistan government is urged to initiate a credible consultative process in the drafting of social media rules since the measure could have a “detrimental impact” on the country’s digital ecosystem, economy, and online expression. This statement was originally published on mediamatters.pk on […]


SHC rejects plea against TikTok ban

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court rejected on Monday a petition challenging the ban on social media platform TikTok, due to the lack of pursuance of the case. A two-member bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, was hearing the plea. The petitioner had maintained in the plea that over 200 million people used the application […]


PTA restores TikTok with certain conditions

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has restored TikTok services with certain conditions. Talking to Business Recorder, spokesperson Khurram Mehran said that TikTok had been unblocked with immediate effect after getting assurance from the short video app management. In view of the presence of vulgar, indecent/immoral content on the platform and its negative effects on […]


PTA informs Senate panel

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TikTok blocked 4m videos in three months ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday revealed that TikTok had blocked four million videos during the last three months and suspended 25,000 accounts. This was revealed before the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Technology, which met with Rubina Khalid in the chair, here on Monday. […]


IHC hints at unbanning TikTok

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) in its order on a plea against a temporary ban on TikTok hinted at suspension of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) temporary ban on the popular Chinese app. Chief Justice Athar Minallah, who heard a petition challenging the PTA’s October 9 move of banning the app, issued a three-page […]


‘Disappointed’ TikTok calls for lifting of ban

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ISLAMABAD: The Chinese social media giant TikTok issued a cryptic statement on Saturday which called for lifting of the ban on the app in return for a vague assurance centred on the “allocation of resources” to the Pakistani market. “If the Government of Pakistan decides to reopen access to our services in the future, we […]


Court seeks PTA explanation over TikTok ban

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday sought an explanation from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for banning video-sharing application TikTok. The court appointed Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) president Shehzada Zulfiqar, Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) vice chairman Abid Saqi, journalist Mazhar Abbas and former information minister Javed Jabbar as amici curiae (friends […]


Facebook hosts virtual event to introduce Dial Zero

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LAHORE: Facebook hosted a virtual launch event to introduce Dial Zero, Facebook’s authorized sales partner for Pakistan to the local market. Both the companies discussed this first of its kind partnership for the country along with educating attendees about Facebook’s various new services being offered for local businesses, including localised account management, local billing in […]


Ban on TikTok challenged

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KARACHI: The ban on TikTok in Pakistan was challenged at the Sindh High Court (SHC) here on Tuesday. The petitioner, Munib Ahmed, who approached the Sindh High Court challenging the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s October 9 decision of placing a ban on the short video-sharing Chinese app, TikTok, stated in his petition that more than 20 […]


PTA, TikTok hold virtual meeting

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ISLAMABAD: Senior management of TikTok held a virtual meeting with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday. The PTA in a statement said that TikTok, in an effort to have meaningful engagement with PTA, and in compliance with instructions of the Authority with respect to moderating the unlawful online content in accordance with laws of […]


Amid social media bans, creators fear loss of earning

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AARHUS (Denmark): When Raza Samo found in July his YouTube channels had been hacked, he not only lost access to a subscriber base of over a million followers but also lost his only source of income. Samo, who hails from Larkana, runs two YouTube channels — ‘KhujLee Family’ for comic takes on culture and society, […]


TikTok moves PTA, says willing to comply with instructions

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ISLAMABAD: The short video-sharing app, TikTok has approached the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and expressed willingness on further negotiations to comply with instructions for development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content. This was confirmed by PTA spokesperson Khurram Mehran, while talking to Business Recorder, Saturday. When asked about reasons behind […]


PM welcomes Facebook investment in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg on Friday held a virtual meeting to discuss the social media giant’s investment in Pakistan and its support for digital literacy initiative and work to prevent Covid-19 from spreading in the country and around the world. Prime Minister Khan welcomed Facebook’s investment and […]