Nisar undermines to square web-based social networking sites The Nation

“ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday warned the administration of social networking sites to take off blasphemous content, or their access will permanently be blocked in Pakistan.
The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday had ordered the government to block access to the blasphemous content on the social media.
On Thursday, the interior secretary assured the IHC that he will personally supervise the action against culprits involved in posting blasphemous material on social media and blocking of the pages or sites containing objectionable content.
Nisaru2019s warning came a day after he showed its utter a
oyance at the refusal of the Facebook administration to share details of those persons who allegedly were ru
ing a malicious campaign against the superior judiciary through the social networking site.
As Pakistani authorities are seeking access to the people they consider miscreants, anti-social or even traitors and some kind of control over the content, the social networking sites keep pursuing the policy of protecting the identity of its users and allowing all kinds of material in the name of freedom of expression.
Given the governmentu2019s inability to effectively filter out internet material on its own, Pakistanis had to face a Youtube ban for around a couple of years after the video uploading site refused to remove some blasphemous content from its platform.
Now that the sensitive dimension of blasphemy has been added to the Facebook situation too, it seems the Pakistanis citizens are soon going to lose access to the world famous networking site. The government could even go the extent of partially or fully blocking Twitter from the country as well.
A spokesperson of the interior ministry said Wednesday the Facebook management refused sharing details of the persons behind this campaign citing right to freedom of expression. u201cEven the US government was contacted in this co
ection but to no avail,u201d the spokesperson added.
This came after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented its report about the uploading of a photograph having misleading caption on the social media sites, including the Facebook.
The caption mentioned that Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar was sitting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a friendly mood showing the CJP already enjoyed good relations with the ruling family. Actually, the person sitting with the PM was Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra.
Now the IHC order regarding ba
ing the blasphemous material has apparently come as an opportunity for the government, which has long been seeking some control on the social media but has so far utterly failed in getting any favours from the social networking giants.
Chairing a meeting at the interior ministry on Thursday, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said the government would leave no stone unturned to block the blasphemous material on certain social networking sites.”

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