In its recent report, Facebook released the Global Government Requests Report for the first half of 2016. According to it, the requests of government for user account data increases 27 % globally in the first half of 2016 compared to the second half of last year. However, in case of Pakistan, these requests increased 200 % in the first half of 2016 as compared to the same period last time. However, Facebook Blocked 25 Pages For Violating Pakistani laws in 2016 also.
Facebook Blocked 25 Pages For Violating Pakistani laws in 2016
In the first quarter of 2016, government of Pakistan made total 719 requests and 1,029 account requests. Among them 7 were emergency requests and 14 were emergency users/ account requests. From which Facebook produced a total of 65 % data. However, for the very first time, Facebook provided information on the number of account preservation requests by Pakistan.
In this category, Pakistan made total 280 preservation requests and 363 users/Account requests. In addition to it, Facebook Blocked 25 Pages For Violating Pakistani laws in 2016.
According to Facebook:
“Based on legal requests from the Pakistan Telecom Authority, we restricted access to content for allegedly violating local laws prohibiting blasphemy, desecration of the national flag, and condemnation of the country’s independence,”