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  • News channels go off air, Facebook and YouTube blocked in parts of Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Saturday afternoon issued a notification prohibiting live coverage of the operation to end the Faizabad sit-in, following which most private news channels were taken off-air in Islamabad and other parts of the country...

    Additionally, Facebook, YouTube, DailyMotion, Twitter and Instagram have been blocked in some parts of the country...

  • Pakistan asks Facebook to link accounts to mobile numbers

    Pakistan has asked the Facebook management to link opening of Facebook accounts to mobile numbers to overcome the issue of fake accounts, said a Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) official...

    Facebook has already designated a focal person to coordinate with PTA for prompt action against any reported issue...

  • Will the next Google or Facebook come out of Pakistan?

    ”Universities in Pakistan have to catch up with the fast-transforming global higher-ed landscape...

    Take a look: How the HEC is wronging Pakistan's scholarsUniversities in Pakistan have to transform into breeding grounds of creativity that would one day give birth to the next Google or Facebook...

  • The Pakistan govt is asking Facebook for user data - and the giant is complying

    The government of Pakistan has made 192 requests for data from Facebook, for the period between January 2015 and June 2015, stated a report from the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF)...

    The report elaborated further by stating that the Pakistani government had requested information related to 275 users/accounts, which were included in the 192 requests sent to Facebook for information...

  • Facebook removed 85% of blasphemous material on Pakistan's request, high court told

    The interior ministry informed the Islamabad High Court on Monday that Facebook administration has been blocking illegal blasphemous content on Pakistan's request and 85 per cent of such material on the social networking site has already been removed...

    Interior Secretary Arif Khan said in his report that Facebook had responded to their letter and showed its willingness to remove content deemed blasphemous...

  • Pakistan demands Facebook remove polio vaccine misinformation

    Pakistan urged Facebook to remove harmful polio-related content from the social networking site on Friday, saying it was jeopardising eradication initiatives and putting the lives of vaccinators at risk...

    See: Polio vaccine – what you need to know“The parental refusals due to propaganda on Facebook regarding the vaccine is emerging as the major obstacle in achieving complete eradication of the virus,” Prime Minister's Focal Person on...

  • Pakistan among top states where Facebook curbed most content

    KARACHI: The total content restricted in Pakistan by social media giant Facebook doubled between July and December 2018, according to the platform’s latest transparency report released on Friday...

    Facebook restricted 4,174 items within Pakistan during the second half of 2018, as compared to 2,203 pieces from the first half of the year...

  • Facebook expands its women entrepreneurship programme in Pakistan

    Facebook on Saturday announced the expansion of its "SheMeansBusiness programme" in Pakistan, in partnership with the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lahore Division, said a press release...

    However, women still face a number of obstacles such as a lack of funding and networks that can help them grow and scale," said Beth Ann Lim, head of community affairs at Facebook, Asia Pacific, at the launch of the programme in Lahore......

  • Pakistan takes up suspension of accounts 'posting in support of Kashmir' with Twitter, Facebook

    Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, through his personal Twitter account, on Sunday said that Pakistani authorities have taken up with Twitter and Facebook the alleged suspension of Pakistani social media accounts posting in support of Kashmir...

    "Pakistan authorities have taken up the case with Twitter and Facebook against suspending Pakistani accounts for posting in support of...

  • Facebook to launch digital literacy programmes in Pakistan next year

    ISLAMABAD: Although Pakistan is among countries where most content is restricted on Facebook, cases of harassment remain under-reported due to a lack of public awareness on reporting mechanisms...

    Facebook’s head of Safe­ty Policy for Asia-Pacific region, Amber Hawkes, said that the Facebook Community Stan­dards and the Instagram Community Guidelines outlined rules for what was allowed on the platforms...

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