Last updated on July 28th, 2019 at 06:46 pm
Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority proposed to create local social networking websites to curb blasphemous content on social media.
Chairman PTA Major General (retd) Amir Azim Bajwa gave these suggestions while briefing the special committee of the Senate formed to promote national solidarity.
According to the PTA, around 8,000 complaints have been received from users against blasphemous content in Pakistan and 40 thousand websites have been blocked.
Senator Satara Ayaz, a member of the committee, told The Citizen that Chairman PTA, while briefing, said that to stop blasphemous content on social media, there should be a local social media site similar to China and the United Arab Emirates. He said that the PTA does not have the technical capacity to ban blasphemous content on social media, but there is an option to create social networking websites locally.
“Blasphemous content is a big issue on social media,” a PTA official told The Citizen. “More than 8,000 users have complained in this regard while 40,000 websites have been blocked so far.”
In the past, ‘YouTube’ was banned by the Government of Pakistan for three years due to blasphemous content.
Senator Sitara Ayaz told The Citizen that Chairman PTA briefed the Senate Special Committee on child pornography, stating that 39,000 links to pornographic content have been blocked.
Senator Hidayatullah, a member of the Senate Committee, told The Citizen that the committee had sought the PTA’s suggestions for the empowerment of institution. He said, “The purpose of regulating social media is not political, but it is aimed at curbing blasphemous and pornographic content.”