The AIC said that they are not against the legalization of social media

The AIC said that they are not against the legalization of social media

Posted on Feb 17, 2020

The AIC said that they are not against the legalization of social media, while Pakistan already has a broad legal framework for online statements, but unfortunately new expressions of individual opinion at international levels such as the new Insufficient to solve critical problems.

In the letter, he said that neither the Pakistan Telecommunications Act nor the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PICA) 2016 have been guaranteed by law, on the contrary, PICA reconciliation or secured acts of social media platforms.

The AIC has said at the end of the letter that "we urge the government of Pakistan to review the unpredictable effects of these laws on the economy of Pakistan".

On the other hand, the government insists that the new rules are not intended to impose expression on people, but are designed to protect citizens, while human rights organizations and media organizations have expressed concern.

AIC earlier this week also expressed similar concerns over government rules in a statement.

The statement said that 'Asia Internet Coalition is concerned about the government issuing widely online rules without consultation with stakeholders and industry from Pakistan'.

It is to be noted that the government had approved rules and regulations governing social media in the country only last month.

Under these rules, social media companies will be obliged to provide any information or data on behalf of an investigating agency and will be fined Rs.5 million if they do not provide any information.

Cabinet rules said that under these rules if a social media platform was identified as 'illegal content' in writing or electronically, it would be given 24 hours and 6 hours in an emergency. I am obliged to remove

The new rules stipulate that these companies will have to establish a registered office in Islamabad with a practical address within the next 3 months.

In addition, these companies will have to deploy their focal person to cooperate with the relevant authorities in Pakistan within 3 months and set up one or more database servers within 12 months to secure and record online content.

When contacted, Secretary Information Technology Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said that the rules and regulations were approved by the Cabinet on January 28, and voted that no new legislation was needed.

He said, "This is a legislature under the Pakistan Telecommunications (Reorganization) Act 1996 and the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016".


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