The Interior Ministry under the National Action Plan has shut down 45 websites related to promoting terrorism. The National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) received reports from law agencies that some terrorist websites have been terrorism which can misguide the young generation and thus a ban should be placed on them.
In the first phase, the federal government banned 12 terrorist websites, and now after the report by the FIA, it has banned 23 more sites. The Internet has been a breeding ground for terrorist where they openly spread their brand of hate.
Through the development of better communications channels, the terrorists can reach a far greater number of audience that it could ever before. Ex COAS Gen Raheel Sharif while addressing a session titled at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2017 said;
“I personally feel that these terrorists have the ability to mutate, morph and they can do it very quickly.”
Social media websites for years are being used as a recruitment platform for many terrorist organizations. They openly advertise their propaganda for others to see and preach their hatred to masses.
Last year, under the pressure from the Obama administration, Twitter suspended 125 thousand accounts linked to ISIS. Facebook’s founder recently has expressed his plan of using AI to curb terrorism in the digital world.
In Pakistan, the internet penetration has been on the rise for the past few years where more than 38 million people are subscribers of mobile broadband. This rising figure brings about many new problems and Cyber Crime Law was introduced last year to battle those Challenges.
Source: Express News