Pakistan: Supreme court hints to ban YouTube

Pakistan: Supreme court hints to ban YouTubeSupreme Court of Pakistan has taken notice on Wednesday of objectionable content on social media and YouTube and hinted at shutting down the video-sharing platform in the country. Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin and Justice Mushir Alam were on the bench hearing the case hinted about banning TouTube while hearing the case of a man, Shaukat […]

On the market of information

On the market of informationMisinformation and disinformation has become a growing menace, not just over social media but also at conventional media, leading to growing demands by media consumers and by some senior members of journalistic community for better code of conduct to improve the standard of news and views. Yet somehow the subject of regulation irks nearly all […]

Social media rules: Facebook, PTA meeting

Social media rules: Facebook, PTA meetingKARACHI: A delegation from Facebook held a virtual meeting with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to discuss the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020, and to propose recommendations as part of an ongoing consultation process. In the meeting, Facebook representatives highlighted that the rules should: strive for greater transparency on content restricted in Pakistan; […]

Rights activists vow to defend social media freedom

Rights activists vow to defend social media freedomISLAMABAD: Rights act­ivists, lawyers, journalists, politicians representing different political parties at a conference held here on Wed­nesday expressed the res­olve to resist and challe­nge government move to res­trict social media freedom. They demanded review of rules framed under the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016 and appro­ved a declaration stating that such “black laws will […]

Social media restrictions lifted in Kashmir

Social media restrictions lifted in KashmirIndian authorities on Wednesday lifted the ban on access to social media websites in occupied Kashmir. People in the region will now be allowed unrestricted 2G internet access. In addition, internet services will also be available on landline connections. However, this permission will be granted after verification. According to a notification, internet speed shall be […]

Women move LHC to get Aurat March ‘regulated’

Women move LHC to get Aurat March ‘regulated’LAHORE: Six women ‘activists’ approached the Lahore High Court on Monday with a request to ‘regulate’ forthcoming Aurat March to ensure implementation of Citizen Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020. Chief Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh is set to resume on Tuesday (today) hearing on main petition against the march moved by Advocate Azhar Siddique. On […]

NA body expresses concern over online rules

NA body expresses concern over online rulesExpressing serious concerns over the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology observed that if the social media companies were banned for not abiding the rules, it might result in international embarrassment, besides hampering digital media growth in the country. The committee met under the chairmanship of […]