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IHC seeks inter-ministerial committee report on social media rules

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday sought the report of inter-ministerial committee constituted to examine the social media rules. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, while hearing identical petitions filed against the implementation of “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards), Rules 2020” appreciated the Prime Minister’s initiative to constitute […]


On social media rules

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The fate of the government’s social media regulations hangs in the balance. The second version of the rules – titled Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules, 2020 – were released in November 2020 and almost immediately ran into opposition from civil society and social media companies, the latter under […]


PTA lifts ban on TikTok after PHC order

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ISLAMABAD / PESHAWAR: In compliance with an order issued by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday, the Pakistan Telecommu­nica­tion Authority (PTA) asked service providers to unblock access to social media platform TikTok that allows users to share short video clips. In line with the PHC judgement and provisions of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes […]


Social Media Rules

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The government certainly passed its social media rules, titled the “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules 2020”, too quickly and without proper due diligence. The rules came as a surprise, even to major stakeholders like social media companies and digital rights foundations who complained they had not even been […]


Body formed to review social media rules

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to review the controversial social media rules. As per a directive issued by the Prime Minister Office on March 29, Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari will be chairperson of the committee comprising Parliamentary Secretary on Law and Justice Maleeka Ali Bukhari, Senator Syed […]


Campaign against SC judges on social media: LHC larger bench to hear case

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Qasim Khan decided on Monday to form a larger bench regarding the campaign on social media against the Supreme Court judges. LHC CJ Qasim Khan heard a petition filed by local lawyer Nadeem Sarwar against anti-judicial propaganda on social media. The petitioner took the position that a campaign […]


KP opposes ban on TikTok

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ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Thursday opposed a ban on the popular short video sharing app TikTok. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad KP IT Minister Zia Bangash said the decision to ban TikTok in Pakistan is not right. Banning social media Apps in the country damages country’s impression at the International level. […]


Facebook likely to launch operations in Pakistan

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Facebook has proposed to initiate a number of projects in Pakistan, with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) offering the social media platform to open its first Pakistan office in the province. According to a local media report, Advisor to KP Chief Minister (CM) on Science and Technology & Information Technology, Zia Ullah Khan Bangash, held a meeting […]


500,000 ‘objectionable’ TikTok videos blocked, PHC told.

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PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has blocked access to around 500,000 objectionable videos on the popular video-sharing application TikTok in the country, a single-member Peshawar High Court bench was told on Monday. During the hearing into a case regarding the court’s recent ban on TikTok in the country, PTA lawyer Jehanzeb Mehsud also told Chief […]


PTA starts registering social media companies

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has started the registration of social media companies under ‘Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules, 2020.’ The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has formulated the rules under Section 37 of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016. According to the ministry’s notification in […]


Govt’s Social Media Crackdown Threatens Human Rights And Business

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With Every Passing Day, State’s Grip Against Freedom Of Expression, Media And Now Social Media Seems To Get Tighter. The new draconian social media law by the federal government is a clear attempt to control, what critics say, what they cannot. Under the name of national security, religious sentiments and ‘respect for institutions’, the government […]


TikTok banned until filtering mechanism in place: PHC

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has ruled that indecent and objectionable material is being uploaded on the popular video-sharing application TikTok without restriction in violation of Islamic moral values and ethics, so the ban will continue in the country until a mechanism is in place to filter such content. In the detailed order on a […]


TikTok ban

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Once again, the popular social media platform TikTok, used to host videos made by people from across the country and from elsewhere around the world, has been banned. This time the ban came from a bench of the Peshawar High Court. The petition against TikTok, on the grounds that it hosts ‘immoral’ or ‘indecent’ content, […]


In a first, govt working on mechanism to place ads on digital media

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The government is currently working on a new policy to distribute advertisements across different digital platforms, the head of the government’s digital wing Imran Ghazali has said. Speaking to Dawn, Ghazali — the general manager of the Digital Media Wing — said that once approved by the prime minister, the new policy will allow the […]