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Facebook agrees to send delegation to Pakistan over blasphemous content issue

by on March 16, 2017
 

Facebook agrees to send delegation to Pakistan over Blasphemous content issue, the interior ministry said that, facebook has agreed to send a delegation to visit Pakistan to talk Pakistan officials to resolve the blasphemous content matter amicably. Days after the government of Pakistan threatened to permanently block the major social media sites if they decline or refuse to cooperate in removing the blasphemous content from the websites. Responding positively to the government, the administration of Facebook on Thursday agreed to send their delegation to visit Pakistan to resolve the blasphemous content issue.

A spokesperson for the ministry said that social media giant Facebook has selected a focal person to lead the discussion and be the point of contact with the PTA-Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. At a press conference Chaudhary Nisar stated that the government will take very strong and powerful action against the people behind creating blasphemous content. Chaudhary Nisar said that the government was making efforts to stop or prevent blasphemous material on social media websites and in this regard held meetings with officials of Ministry of Information Technology and PTA , adding majority of such websites have been blocked.

He further added that Facebook administration has been asked to assists and cooperate in tracing the criminals behind the blasphemous issue while cooperation from the US Administration was also being sought through the United States Embassy in Pakistan in this regard. He said that, “Social media websites should cooperate to stop uploading of any blasphemous content”, further added that “Ridiculing religion in the name of freedom of expression should not be allowed”.

On other side, Federal investigation Agency has contacted Interpol and Facebook administration to identify the social media websites pages and accounts containing blasphemous contents that against or violate international laws. One week before, civil society also filed a petition for the matter of temporarily shutdown of Social media giant Facebook in Pakistan till the questionable content/ blasphemous content is not removed.

In this regard, a high-level meeting was chaired by the interior minister to review ongoing investigations. In the statement it is said that about eleven people involved in sharing objectionable material online have been spotted and were being questioned by the interior ministry. He was hopeful that the management of Facebook would respect the religious sentiments of Pakistan and millions of other users, and they extended its complete cooperation.

Here it should be noted that at YouTube and Facebook has been blocked previously in Pakistan for carrying insensitive and blasphemous content.