Facebook removed 85% of blasphemous material on Pakistan’s request

Facebook removed 85% of blasphemous material on Pakistan’s request

The Interior Secretary Arif Khan informed the Islamabad High Court on Monday that Facebook administration has been blocking illegal blasphemous content on Pakistan’s request and 85 percent of such material on the facebook has already been removed.

He said in his report that Facebook had responded to their letter and showed its willingness to remove content deemed blasphemous.

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.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Ismael Shah said a team, comprising 25 members, has been working to search 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 PTA chief said.

The government had approached Facebook earlier this month regarding access to the records of three controversial pages accused of spreading 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

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