Digital Companies Demand Government to Revise Online Regulation Rules

Digital Companies Demand Government to Revise Online Regulation Rules

KARACHI: The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) has expressed regret that the government of Pakistan issued rules regulating social media without consulting stakeholders and urged the concerned authorities to take action and Consider again.

AIC is an industry alliance with large companies of the Internet and technologies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Airbnb, Apple,, Expedia Group, Grab, LinkedIn, Line, RocketNow and Yahoo ( Oth).

In a statement issued in this regard, AIC Managing Director Jeff Penn said, "The Government of Pakistan has called on the Asia Internet Coalition to issue a comprehensive set of online rules without consultation with stakeholders and industry. There is a deep concern '.

He said that "These rules will jeopardize the freedom of expression and jeopardize the personal safety and privacy of citizens. We urge the government to reconsider those roles that could potentially lead to the digital economy of Pakistan. Can be detrimental to the purposes.

It is pertinent to note that the Citizens Protection (Against Harm) Rules 2020 were notified under the Pakistan Telecommunications (Reorganization) Act 1996 and the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016.

These rules include comprehensive guidelines for social media companies on content and links in Pakistan, including establishing a permanent office in the federal capital, recording and storing data in the country for the privacy of citizens' data. Regardless of the regulation policies, it involves the government's request to remove any content.

Increased content removal requests

It is to be noted that over the past year, the government has made several efforts to implement the removal of content from social media companies.

In the first 6 months of 2019, Pakistan reported the largest volume of content (31%) on Facebook.

Interestingly, Facebook's Transparency Report only captures content that local authorities deem illegal, which means that any of the 5,690 items removed from the Transparency Report violate Facebook's content policy. Was removed but not under Pakistani cybercrime law.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told that in its Transparency Report from January to July 2019, Facebook said local rules on 5,690 URLs reported by the PTA. Violation processed


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