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Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to shut down service in Pakistan – adzjobs
March 6, 2020

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Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to shut down service in Pakistan

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have threatened to shut down services in Pakistan after the government decided to introduce social media rules.

Large social media companies have issued threats due to Pakistan’s new proposed social media rules.

In this regard, the Asian Internet Coalition Group (AIG) has written to Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding the proposed social media regulation.

Asian Internet Coalition Group said in a letter that it is difficult for AIC to follow the new social media rules in Pakistan.

The letter states that the closure of Google, Facebook, and Twitter services in Pakistan will affect 70 million users. These laws will also affect consumers and business people alike.

The letter states that it is very difficult to continue services in Pakistan under the new rules.

Asian Internet Coalition Group Facebook, Google, and Twitter are part of the Asian Internet Coalition Group.

It is to be noted that the federal government has constituted a committee to consult on the proposed rules on social media.

According to the statement, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Aamir Azim Bajwa has been appointed as the chairman of the committee.

According to the statement, the committee will discuss the rules with civil society and technology companies. The consultation process on social media rules will be completed in 2 months.

The members of the Social Media Advisory Committee include Federal Minister for Human Rights Shirin Mazari, Barrister Ali Zafar, Dr. Arslan Khalid and Additional Secretary Ministry of Information Technology.

It should be remembered that Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier said that the purpose of social media laws is not to express positive views or suppress political differences.

Presiding over a review session on proposed rules of social media on February 18, Imran Khan instructed stakeholders to take confidence before implementing the proposed rules.