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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 […]


Police and social media in Pakistan

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It is true, whether mainstream media or social media (SM) plays an important role in engaging the public. SM management for police is a demanding job. Around the world, different countries' police departments are using SM platforms for updating and keeping the public informed about police related matters. The police are responding along with taking […]


Google services YouTube, Gmail back up after hour-long outage

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ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Google services, including YouTube and Gmail, were restored for most of the users after facing a global outage for almost an hour on Monday. Updating on its official Twitter handle, YouTube said: “We’re back up and running! You should be able to access YouTube again and enjoy videos as normal.” The company has some […]


Unicef, Facebook launch drive to promote life-saving immunization

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ISLAMABAD: As the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted life for many, including children in need of routine immunizations, Unicef Pakistan and Facebook have launched a campaign to promote life-saving immunization. In countries like Pakistan, additional roadblocks as a result of the pandemic have been compounded by an existing hesitancy in some communities to vaccinate children as […]


Wrong impression created about social media rules: PTA

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ISLAMABAD: Responding to concerns expressed by the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) over the recently enacted rules for social media, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said on Friday that “prejudiced and wrong impression is being created regarding the rules”. The rules — titled “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) 2020” — […]


IHC chief justice questions new social media rules

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Friday questioned the framing of rules for social media and observed that such rules would discourage criticism and adversely affect accountability in the country. Taking up a petition filed against the ban on video-sharing social networking service TikTok, the IHC chief justice asked how rules for […]


Social media use rules amended to government servants

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has amended the KP Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1987, according to an official statement issued here on Monday. According to the amendment, after rule 34, the following new rule shall be inserted, namely “34-A standard for use of digital and social media”. Hence, the government servant shall use social media […]


Sherry Rehman slams ‘draconian’ censorship laws for social media

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ISLAMABAD: Slamming the draconian censorship laws, parliamentary leader of the PPP in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman said muzzling the truth and controlling the narrative is unacceptable in a democratic society. “These new rules are just another attempt by the government to infringe upon peoples’ privacy and strengthen its surveillance powers,” she said Monday. Highlighting […]


Tech giants threaten to leave Pakistan if social media rules stay

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A day after the government notified rules that define how social media will be governed in Pakistan, technology companies announced that the regulations would make it difficult for them to continue their operations in the country. The rules titled, “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules 2020,” have been framed […]


Stakeholders up in arms as social media rules notified

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information Technology on Wednesday notified social media rules that all other stakeholders, including internet service providers as well as digital rights activists, have rejected, terming them draconian and violation of cyber laws of the country. The rules titled, “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules 2020,” […]


Emax Media to launch first Urdu OTT UrduFlix in Pakistan

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Emax Media, the internationally acclaimed digital network has forayed into the on-demand streaming segment with the announcement of Pakistan’s first Urdu OTT platform UrduFlix, offering original and exclusive content in Urdu worldwide. ‘UrduFlix’ will provide viewers with access to original Urdu films, series, documentaries, cartoons, and Urdu dubbed Turkish dramas. The new platform brings in […]


One arrested for posing as cop on social media

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PESHAWAR: Another local resident was arrested here on Sunday for posting videos on social media in police uniforms. An official said that one Usman, who was a member of Qaumi Razakars, posted the videos on social media in uniforms. He has already been dismissed from service. The official said a case had been registered against […]


Social media activists urged to highlight people’s problems

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QUETTA: Balochistan Governor retired Justice Amanullah Khan Yasinzai has asked social media activists and artists to highlight the real problems and grievances of the common man and suggest measures for resolving the issues faced by society. Talking to the youngsters at the Governor House on Thursday, he said youths of Balochistan had proved their skills […]


No social media platform to be shut: minister

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications Syed Aminul Haq said on Thursday that he would never support closure of any social media platform, but no relaxation could be allowed on matters of national security. Presiding over a meeting of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Information Technology and Telecom, he said temporary suspension […]