85% blasphemous content removed from Facebook on Pakistan’s request

Facebook blasphemous content

In another hearing regarding blasphemous content on social media, IHC was informed that 85 percent of such material had been removed by Facebook.

Interior Secretary Arif Khan presented a report that highlighted that facebook’s administration in response to Pakistani government’s request had removed blasphemous content from the social networking site.

Facebook has been under fire lately as various pages on the site harbored blasphemous content. Justice Shaukat Aziz in the last hearing remarked that if the Facebook administration is not cooperating, then the government should ban the site altogether. Mr. Khan today also said that banning the social media site, Facebook is “not the solution to the problem.”

Last week, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar also met with ambassadors of various Muslim countries to direct the future course of action against blasphemous content on social media especially Facebook. IHC Chief Justice Shaukat Siddiqui also praised this effort of bringing together 27 Muslim countries against the evil of blasphemy.

Ismael Shah, Chairman PTA said that a 25 member team had been compromised to search blasphemous content online and the authority has taken action against 40 such pages so far. He also said that the Facebook administration has assured to comply with the government’s demand.

Previously, it was also revealed that Facebook would send a delegation to Pakistan for discussing the matter of blasphemous content with the concerned authorities.

The IHC had already made its clear to the government to eliminate the access to blasphemous content on social media even at the expense of blocking the public’s access to social media platforms.

Justice Shaukat Aziz was displeased over the role of Ministry of IT and held them responsible for the slow progress of the case. He said:

“Minister of State for Information and Technology Anusha Rehman seemed reluctant to make possible amendments in Information Technology Act.”

He has ordered IT Minister Anusha Rehman to come in person and explain to the court why the issue has not been resolved as yet.

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