A PTI government official says the new social media rules “have practically no effect on e-commerce”.

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ISLAMABAD / KARACHI: Pakistan is facing an unprecedented onslaught of hybrid warfare due to its multiple regional and extra-territorial identities, which is why the PTI-led government has to “defend itself” through new social media rules. It was necessary, a senior government official said on Tuesday

The official told APP that the new social media rules – known as the Elimination and Prevention of Illegal Online Content (Process, Surveillance and Security Measures) Regulation 2020 and the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act ( PECA), 2016. Move towards managing online content.

“The state must defend itself against this onslaught of chaotic cyber-activities and stop unhealthy movements that affect the social fabric of society,” he said.

He added, “These laws are intended to prevent and eliminate fake news and propaganda against the country’s national security agencies, blasphemous content, hateful content and other sensitive material that violate Pakistan’s cultural and ethnic norms.” Are designed. “

Named Social Media Rules 3.0 in various circles, the legislation was aimed at ensuring effective implementation of Pakistani laws by immediately removing illegal, defamatory, obscene and pornographic material from social media platforms Circles are being exploited.

He claimed that the aforesaid exploitation inside and outside Pakistan was aimed at spreading false and misleading statements, as well as creating an atmosphere of uncertainty and chaos to negatively affect the social, cultural and religious principles of the society. Was

The official stressed that every country around the world “adopts and enforces a set of laws that reaffirm its ideology, national security domains and foreign policy objectives.”

“Eliminating the negative effects of fake, false, immoral, immoral, and anti-religious rumors is the duty of any state to ensure a chaotic society.

“This national responsibility is protected and strengthened by the newly enacted rules,” he stressed.

The PTI government official also lamented that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and workers were coloring the new social media rules as the state tried to “control” the online space. ۔

He emphasized that the law was not an attempt to control the Internet, as proposed by some NGOs and activists, and was intended to protect the public from online mismanagement.

The official also lamented that some Internet watchdogs, NGOs, and activists were trying to stir up controversy to divert the government’s long-running move.

He dismissed fears from local NGOs and activists that global tech companies could be forced to shut down operations in the country, saying the large number of companies created by these companies in Pakistan would never compromise. Will not affect their revenues. In essence.

“Pakistan’s digital economy is estimated at 5. 5.5 billion, which, in some domains, is growing at an annual rate of 100%,” he said. “The rules have virtually no effect on e-commerce.”

Explaining that the government has followed the appropriate process to formulate new rules and regulations, which has shown willingness to enforce and enforce laws for better management of the Internet, he said. ۔

“Tech companies, ISPs, digital watchdogs, the legal fraternity and the general public were engaged in input and the document was prepared in accordance with Article 19 of the Constitution,” he said.

Under Social Media Rules 3.0, tech companies require that access to illegal online content be stopped within 24 hours – or, in emergencies, within six hours of being notified by a government authority.

According to the 13-page document, “If a social media company or Internet service provider fails to comply with the rules, the authority may provide the entire online system or through such service providers or social media companies.” May issue instructions to suspend any services performed. ” .

With more than 1.5 million users in Pakistan, social media companies and internet service providers were also required under the new rules to register themselves with the local authority.

They were also required by law to establish a permanent office in Islamabad and to appoint a focal person residing in the country within nine and three months, respectively.

Under the rules, social media companies are required to set up one or more database servers to store data and online content in Pakistan within 18 months. However, it was subject to the enactment of the Data Protection Act.

Any individual, government department, or law enforcement agency in Pakistan can file a complaint against any illegal online content under Social Media Rules 3.0, with the reasons for removing it on digital platforms or Access is blocked.


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