This is how PTA will curb blasphemous material on social media

News Source: Samaa

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has introduced various steps to curb blasphemous content from Social Media websites.

PTA has established a web analysis cell where 25 personnel are working solely on identifying unlawful contents on internet including the blasphemous material.

According to PTA official, PTA has received 8,000 complaints via email, out of which 188 were particularly about blasphemous content.

The department took action against the complaints and the complaints related to threat and harassment have been referred to FIA, he added.

He informed that blasphemous material being uploaded on internet in different forms like literature, pictures, audio and video; therefore its identification without human intervention is not possible.

PTA has deployed a team of 25 IT personnel for this purpose, he added.

“PTA has blocked around 13,210 blasphemous links that was uploaded on the internet”, he reiterated. PTA has developed an electronic portal to facilitate stakeholders to lodge complaints relating to any objectionable web content.

An email address is also advertised in the media facilitating general public to inform about any blasphemous content, the official said.

MoIT in consultation with PTA has drafted Rules namely “Removal or blocking of unlawful online content (Procedure, oversight and safeguard) Rules 2017, under the prevention of electronic Crime Act, 2016″.

The said rules are in process for approval of the cabinet, he maintained. PTA has also requested HEC, MoIT and FIA to upload these guidelines on their respective websites for education of general public and also requested all concerned stakeholders to report the objectionable content to the relevant platform directly.

Digital Rights Monitor Reported: 

In October 2017, Digital Rights Monitor was the first to report about the establishment of a 25-member wing called Internet Policy and Web Analysis Wing, IP&WA.  Read more about it here.

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