Facebook agrees to send delegation to Pakistan over blasphemous content

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ISLAMABAD: Facebook administration has agreed to send a delegation to help the government deal with blasphemous content on the social media, according to spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.

The spokesman said that the Facebook administration has nominated a focal person for maintaining constant contact with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The spokesman further said the government has received a written reply from Facebook stating that they are fully aware of Pakistan’s concerns over blasphemous content and they are ready to solve the matter with consultation and dialogue.

After the Islamabad High Court last week threatened to block social media networks if they failed to censor content considered insulting to Islam, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said it has asked Facebook to block blasphemous content. It added that the agency is also in talks with Interpol to identify “blasphemous” content.

On Thursday, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan urged Facebook to comply.

Speaking to the media, he said no Muslim can tolerate blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him), adding that offenders could not be caught without the assistance of social media networks.

The minister said how could blasphemy be called freedom of expression when nobody is allowed in Europe and America to doubt that Holocaust took place.

He called blasphemers  enemies of humanity and said it has become an international issue, which Pakistan would raise at  the international level representing the Muslim community.

Pakistan previously banned Facebook for hosting allegedly blasphemous content for two weeks in 2010. As well, YouTube was unavailable from 2012 to 2016.

Source: Web Desk

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