Fawad de­fends PTI so­cial me­dia team, con­demns PPP for 'cam­paign­ing' against it

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Fawad Chaudhry de­fended PTI's so­cial me­dia team, ac­cus­ing the ri­val PPP of tar­get­ing it in a 'cam­paign'. The min­is­ter took to Twit­ter on Tues­day to de­fend the rul­ing party's so­cial me­dia team, prais­ing them for do­ing ' great' work from the Pulwama to the coro­n­avirus crises.

"From Pulwama to COVID-19, PTI's so­cial me­dia team has played a great role in ev­ery cri­sis so far. I con­demn PPP's cam­paign against these young peo­ple," he said.

The min­is­ter added that when he had sug­gested reg­u­lat­ing so­cial me­dia and bring­ing in PMRA, "the same group" was against the move. In Fe­bru­ary this year, the fed­eral cabi­net had ap­proved a new set of rules to reg­u­late so­cial me­dia, re­quir­ing com­pa­nies such as Face­book, Twit­ter, YouTube, and even TikTok to reg­is­ter them­selves and open of­fices in Pak­istan.

The rules and reg­u­la­tions had been included in the Preven­tion of Elec­tronic Crimes Act, 2016 with se­nior of­fi­cials in the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy con­firm­ing to Geo News that the cabi­net had given the green light to the le­gal doc­u­ment. Fur­ther, Fed­eral Sec­re­tary IT & Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Shoaib Sid­diqui had con­firmed to Geo News that af­ter the Cabi­net's ap­proval, the rules and reg­u­la­tions need not be pre­sented in the Par­lia­ment for ap­proval.

The law re­quired dig­i­tal me­dia com­pa­nies to ap­point a rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Pak­istan to deal with a na­tional co­or­di­na­tion au­thor­ity, which would be re­spon­si­ble to reg­u­late con­tent on so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

It fur­ther re­quired the com­pa­nies to set up data servers in Pak­istan within a year and makes it com­pul­sory for them to pro­vide data of ac­counts found guilty of var­i­ous crimes - in­clud­ing tar­get­ing state in­sti­tu­tions, spread­ing fake news and hate speech, en­gag­ing in ha­rass­ment, is­su­ing state­ments that harm na­tional se­cu­rity or up­load­ing blas­phe­mous con­tent - to in­tel­li­gence and law en­force­ment agen­cies (LEAs).

Later, the then Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Prime Min­is­ter on In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Dr Fir­dous Ashiq Awan had con­firmed that the gov­ern­ment would form an au­thor­ity to reg­u­late so­cial me­dia web­sites, say­ing that these plat­forms can­not be left "com­pletely un­reg­u­lated".

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