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Meta representatives discuss digital transformation efforts in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The representatives of Meta, parent company of Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger had held a meeting with the National Social Media Coordination Working Group (NSMCWG) to discuss initiatives by Meta to support the government’s digital transformation. Prime Minister Imran Khan had constituted the NSMCWG in October 2021 to streamline engagement with digital platforms and […]


Community guidelines: TikTok removes six million videos

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ISLAMABAD: The video-sharing mobile application TikTok has removed more than 6 million videos from Pakistan for violating community guidelines during third quarter of 2021. With 6,019,754 videos removed, Pakistan ranked fourth in the world for the largest volume of videos taken down for violating community guidelines from Jul 1 – Sep 30 2021. It is […]


TikTok partners with Zindagi Trust to create digital safety awareness

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ISLAMABAD: TikTok, the leading short-form video platform, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zindagi Trust for an awareness campaign around safe usage of the internet. This partnership was announced on Safer Internet Day which is celebrated globally on February 8 every year. Through this partnership, a series of workshops will be conducted for […]


TikTok tests age-rated content restrictions

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TikTok is working on ways to rate and restrict content by age in order to prevent adult content from reaching teenage users, the company said at a news briefing. TikTok, which has exploded in popularity among teens in recent years, said it was running a small test for how adult-rated content could be restricted from […]


Court gives judicial aides more time to submit reports in social media rules case

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Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Thursday discouraged making provocative or hate speeches “under the garb of freedom of speech”. The IHC CJ, while hearing petitions regarding social media rules and the ban on TikTok, allowed more time to judicial assistants to submit their respective reports, adjourning the hearing till March 7. “The […]


‘90 per cent of cybercrimes start with misuse of social media’

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SARGODHA – A seminar on ‘Cyber Laws in Pakistan’ was organised by the Law College of Sargodha University, here on Thursday. The event was attended by Advocate High Court and Cyber Law Expert Zain Ali Qureshi, Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities Prof. Dr Ghulam Abbas Gondal, Principal Law College Dr. Ateka Lohani, Resident Officer […]


Freedom of Expression Does Not Protect ‘Hate Speech’: Justice Minallah

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Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah has remarked that freedom of expression does not protect ‘hate speech or provocative speech’ while formulating an opinion on the use of social media in Pakistan. “The more a society has access to information, the better it will progress,” Justice Minallah affirmed. During Thursday’s hearing, the chief […]


The Islamabad High Court resumes petition against implementation of online content rules

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ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will Thursday (today) resume hearing in identical petitions filed against the implementation of “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards), Rules 2020.” A single bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice of IHC Justice Athar Minallah will conduct hearing of the petitions wherein he had […]


Over 28.9m obscene Tik Tok videos blocked: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

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PESHAWAR: More than 28.9 million obscene TikTok videos have been removed while over 1.465 million accounts were blocked for sharing such content, local media reported. The details emerged in a written verdict issued by the Peshawar High Court where Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) shared data on action against obscene videos on the short video application. […]


First Information Report against YouTuber withdrawn

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MANSEHRA: Police on Wednesday announced to withdraw the First Information Report (FIR) lodged against a YouTuber who was arrested for uploading an offensive song on social media. “A jirga agreed to withdraw the FIR lodged against the YouTuber recently,” stated District Police Officer Sajjad Khan. The jirga decided to withdraw the FIR lodged against one […]


Section in social media misusing freedom of expression: attorney general

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ISLAMABAD: Attorney General for Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan on Wednesday regretted before the Supreme Court (SC) hearing journalist’s harassment case that a section in social media was grossly misusing freedom of expression through abusive and filthy language. A three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan had taken suo motu notice of a journalist […]


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority registers first two social media companies

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ISLAMABAD: Under the new social media rules, social media companies are required to register with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). In this context, the PTA said in a statement that Joyo Technology Pakistan Pvt Ltd (Snack Video) and Bigo Service Pakistan Pvt Ltd (BIGO Live, Likee) have become the first social media companies to register […]


Islamabad High Court seeks briefing on social media rules

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ISLAMABAD:The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday sought briefing from all amicus curiae regarding notified social media rules. Chief Justice Athar Minallah clubbed all cases against social medial rules and heard them together. At the outset of hearing, Usman Warraich Advocate adopted the stance that this court had also appointed digital experts as amicus curiae […]


Government to highlight its initiatives on social media platforms

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved a new advertisement policy to allow the engaging of social media influencers for the effective propagation of its initiatives at village and neighbourhood council levels. The provincial cabinet approved the KP Print, Electronic and Social/Digital Advertisement Policy, 2021, in a meeting on Wednesday. The policy framed under the […]