Facebook removed 85% of blasphemous material on Pakistan’s request
Facebook removed 85% of the blasphemous material on Pakistan’s request
Mr.Arif Khan, Interior Secretary informed the Islamabad High Court on Monday that on Pakistan’s request Facebook administration has been blocking illegal blasphemous content and 85 percent of such material on the facebook has already been removed.
He also told in his report that Facebook had answered to their letter and showed its willingness to delete content deemed blasphemous.
Pakistani Law enforcers have also found blasphemous content from the suspects’ laptops and mobile devices. A joint interrogation team has been constituted to probe into the matter, he added.
Ismael Shah, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said, a team, comprising 25 members has been searching for blasphemous content online. He said that the authority has so far taken action against 40 such pages.
He said the Facebook administration has realized the issue and “assured to comply with our demand. Facebook agreeing to our demands is a big achievement,”.
The Government had approached Facebook earlier this month regarding access to the records of three controversial pages accused of publishing blasphemous content. Facebook in its reply had said it is aware of the government’s reservations and that it wants to resolve the issue via bilateral dialogue and mutual understanding.
Facebook management had also decided to send a delegation to Pakistan for investigating content which the government considers to be blasphemous.
Source Dawn News