NACTA says thousands of social media accounts blocked for spreading hatred, terrorism

NACTA says thousands of social media accounts blocked for spreading hatred, terrorism

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The National Counter-Terrorism Agency said on Saturday that more than 19,000 social media outlets have been banned for inciting hatred and spreading terrorism in the country.

Anti-terrorism agencies say that Google, Facebook and Twitter have deleted 19,727 accounts involved in spreading hatred and terrorism.

NACTA said that 9,633 pages spread religious hatred, while 10,094 social media accounts promoted terrorism and were blocked at the request of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority.

NACTA stated that five websites distributing materials related to terrorism have also been blocked. By 2020, a total of 24,038 complaints related to social media have been filed.

The development comes after services of social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Telegram were blocked for four hours in Pakistan on April 16.

“In order to maintain public order and safety, access to certain social media applications has been restricted temporarily,” PTA had said in its explanation regarding the suspension of services.

Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry had regretted the blockage of social media sites across the country from 11am to 3pm, promising that he will try his best that the measure is not taken again in the future.

“I regret the three-hour suspension of social media and seek an apology over it,” Chaudhry said in a statement on Friday.

“Every effort will be made to prevent a shutdown of social media in the future,” said the federal minister. 

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