In this news, we discuss the Google, Twitter and Facebook threaten to leave Pakistan over new content rules.
Global tech giants Google, Facebook & Twitter among others, have banded together and are threatening to leave Pakistan because of the country’s latest censorship laws. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government has given increased powers to Pakistani media regulators.
Under the new regulations, social media companies or internet service providers face a fine of up to $ 3.14 million for failing to curb the sharing of content deemed defamatory of Islam, promotion of the terrorism, hate speech, pornography or any content considered to endanger Security.
The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), a grouping of big tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Amazon, Google, LinkedIn, SAP, Yahoo, Airbnb, booking.com. The AIC has threatened to withdraw after Islamabad granted increased powers to government media regulators. Critics say the move was aimed at restricting free speech in the conservative Islamic nation.
The coalition said it was “alarmed by the scope of Pakistan’s new law targeting Internet companies, as well as the government’s opaque process by which these rules were crafted.” Previously Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan granted the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority the power to remove and block digital content that “harms, intimidates or excites disaffection with the government” or otherwise harms “l ‘integrity, security and defense of Pakistan’.
Social media companies are required to provide the designated Pakistani investigative agency “all information or data is in a decrypted, readable and understandable format,” according to Pakistani newspaper DAWN. Pakistan also wants social media companies to have their offices in the country.
The coalition said that “draconian data localization requirements will hamper people’s ability to access a free and open internet and shut off Pakistan’s digital economy to the rest of the world.” He said the new rules will make it difficult for its members “to make their services available to Pakistani users and businesses.”
Global Tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google have threatened to leave Pakistan because of new censorship laws that give media regulators increased powers to censor online content.
- Global Tech the giants have threatened to leave Pakistan because of the latest censorship laws.
- A heavy fine is foreseen for failing to curb the sharing of content considered defamatory of Islam, the promotion of terrorism, hate speech or pornography.
- The coalition called the latest laws “draconian” that will affect people’s ability to access a free and open Internet.