Facebook has refused Pakistan’s request to bond all accounts to individual phone numbers. According to Facebook, its “improbable”. But Facebook did return positively to Pakistan’s request to block blasphemous content and other hate material posted by users. Facebook Declined Pakistan Request to Bond Accounts with Mobile Numbers
A senior official from the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) said:
Pakistan had suggested that Facebook accounts be linked with users’ mobile phone numbers. However, the management of Facebook believed it was more feasible to sync accounts with email addresses.
The main purpose of the request was to help the government to overcome the issue of fake accounts.
Facebook Declined Pakistan Request to Bond Accounts with Mobile Numbers
According to MoIT officia, the idea was the same that is working by other messaging applications, such as WhatsApp.
A WhatsApp account only becomes operational when a user enters a four digit code to verify the authenticity of the phone number entered by the user.
Facebook spokesperson Christine Chen said in response to an email by VOA that the company had declined the request in order to protect the rights of its users.
However, according to the MoIT official, Facebook continued that the policy for creating new accounts would remain unchanged.
Facebook assured us they would look into the government’s concerns on a priority basis after assessing the situation,
Last week, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had met Vice President of Facebook Joel Kaplan to discuss ways to remove hateful, provocative and blasphemous content from the social media website.
Ms Chen said regarding Mr Kaplan’s meeting with the minister.
It was an important and constructive meeting in which we raised our concerns over the recent court cases and made it clear we apply a strict legal process to any government request for data or content restrictions.
Facebook had repeated its commitment to keep the policy safe and encourage its commitment to remove fake accounts and provocative material that provokes violence and terrorism.
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