A few days ago, Pakistani government requested Facebook to link the accounts of its users with mobile numbers in the country, which reportedly now has been rejected by the management of the company.
According to Voice of America, Facebook’s spokesperson Christine Chen has made it clear that their company has declined the request of the Pakistani government in order to protect the rights of its users.
Earlier this year, blasphemous content in Facebook highlighted one of the major digital crisis in the country. Justice Shaukat Aziz previously directed to remove all such material even at the expense of banning social media in Pakistan.
Recently, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met with Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of public policy to discuss the pandemic of blasphemous content present on the popular social networking site.
Christine Chen has regarded this meeting as constructive, saying “we apply a strict legal process to any government request for data or content restrictions.”
The Pakistani government made this request to curb the problem of fake social media accounts in the country. Mobile phone numbers are biometrically verified in Pakistan, thus linking the accounts to them would have enabled the government to trace the admin of any fraudulent page or account.