ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved new social media rolls, and registration of global social media platforms has been made mandatory in Pakistan in Three months. Social media companies including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have declared it mandatory to set up an office within three months.
The head of the well-known messaging app WhatsApp said in an interview that the number of users using the WhatsApp application has reached two billion. That number is still 50 million less than the Facebook app. Not only is the United States seeking access to WhatsApp’s messages, but the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand also want their law enforcement agencies to access WhatsApp.
“For centuries, humans have been sending and receiving messages on a private level, in the modern age, they should not lose this right to privacy,” the head of the WhatsApp said in an interview.
A petition has been filed against the proposed social media rules in the High Court. The Social Media Laws 2020 should be declared void as a constitution and the government should be prevented from implementing social media laws immediately. The proposed social media rules contradict the constitutional rights of citizens.
YouTube, Facebook and Twitter Registration in Pakistan
Registration of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are mandatory in Pakistan. All companies, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, are obliged to register and it is mandatory for companies to set up offices in the federal capital within three months. Media companies have also been conditioned to appoint a liaison officer in Pakistan.
The Constitution guarantees freedom of expression in Pakistan, the proposed laws are in violation of Article 19, social media laws were introduced without the representative assembly of 20 million people, civil society and related social media companies were not taken into consideration. That other social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, are an urgent need of the hour.
The National Coordination Authority will be set up to regulate social media companies, shut down accounts on targeting of domestic companies, prohibited content, and harassment complaints. The Authority will take action against non-removal of videos against social media companies and their services will be suspended if the companies do not cooperate.