There is good news for Pakistan! The government of Pakistan and international social media companies have finally agreed to set up virtual offices in the country. According to the officials of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, the development came after the government finalized the amended version of the social media rules.
According to the sources, the representatives of social media companies will be available 24/7 in virtual offices to answer the complaints of the Pakistani government. In addition, the government has set up a social media rules committee, which has classified controversial content into three units:
Content to delete:
The “red list” content must be removed immediately, while the “yellow list” content must be removed within 3 days of receiving a complaint. Regular content easily falls under the “green list” and does not require immediate action.
Furthermore, it is pertinent to mention here that social media will be assigned to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, and there are certainly no plans by the government to establish a separate authority for this purpose. The officials also mentioned that the penalties mentioned in the social media rules will also remain intact.
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