Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday (Feb 13) while addressing an event in Islamabad warned the people who are spreading hate on social media by saying that government has created a mechanism through which we will control hate speech on social media as well. Government will launch crackdown against social media hate speech soon.
“Our problem is that the digital media is taking over formal media so it is important for us to regulate this. We are bringing a new authority called the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority which will serve as a one-window operation for digital, print and electronic media”. “The informal media is a greater problem than formal media as the former is soon set to take over the latter so the need was to build a capacity through which we can monitor social media, trace fake accounts and those who break the law could be prosecuted.
“This week we have made some important arrests on the basis that they used social media to issue fatwas and advance their extremist narratives and threats. In the next few weeks we will launch a strict crackdown”.
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20 May, 2019