Civil society has passed a petition in Islamabad High Court to close Facebook temporarily in Pakistan. The petitioner says that social media giant should be banned until the government permanently removes all blasphemous content from it. Pakistan May Ban Facebook Temporarily.
For the petition, Secretary Ministry of Interior, Secretary Ministry of Information and Technology, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) through its Chairman, Federal Investigation Authority through its Director General, Inspector General of Islamabad police and Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA) have been cited as respondents.
Pakistan May Ban Facebook Temporarily
The petitioner said in his petition that:
“He had filed a petition against posting of blasphemous material on social media and the court took serious notice of it and directed all the concerned departments including Ministry of Interior, Ministry of I.T., Ministry of Information, PTA, Police, and FIA to take immediate action to close/block the pages.”
The petitioner have decided to start a nationwide movement if the blasphemous content is not removed from Facebook. Petitioner told that all the blasphemous content is not removed from Facebook. The social media site still contains some controversial content such as drawings, writing and videos.
Few years back, in May 2010, all the internet service providers were ordered to block Facebook due to promoted blasphemous event. Controversial content on YouTube also appeared and it was also blocked as soon as people came to know about it. Last week Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan threatened to block all social media website that have blasphemous content.
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