Facebook Removes 85% Blasphemous Content on GoP Request. In today’s hearing Interior Ministry informed the Islamabad High Court that Facebook administration has removed 85% of blasphemous material from the social networking website. They have removed the content on the request of Government of Pakistan.
Interior Secretary Arif Khan presented a reported that highlighted that Facebook has taken the issue positively. It agreed to remove the blasphemous content from the social networking site. He also said that only 15% of such content is left. Banning Facebook is not the solution for the problem.
Facebook Removes 85% Blasphemous Content on GoP Request
Arif Khan briefed the court that the FIA has already arrested three suspects for their dubious involvement in posting blasphemous material on social media.
Mobile phones, laptops and computers have been confiscated from the suspects. They have been sent for forensic examinations.
PTA Chairman Dr. Ismail Shah also said that:
“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 problem and “guaranteed to comply with our suit”.
“Facebook agreeing to our demands is a big achievement.”
Dr. Shah further added.
Last week IHC Judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui informed that in the next hearing the court would decide about whether social media websites in Pakistan should be banned or not.
The hearing of the case has been adjourned till March 31. Till that all parties have been notified to submit their reports.
The Government of Pakistan (GoP) approached Facebook earlier this month. In this regard Facebook management has also decided to send a delegation to Pakistan to investigate this issue.
In order to ensure that no such incident happen in Pakistan again, there must be a system that can prevent blasphemous contents on Facebook.
Source: The Express Tribune