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ICC Note:

Pakistan continues its social media censorship. According to government officials, Facebook removed 85% of blasphemous content after Pakistan requested the removal. While that report has not been confirmed, the Pakistani courts have postponed the hearing on whether or not to ban social media sites that provide platforms for blasphemous posts to March 31. Originally, the hearing was supposed to be today, March 27.  

 3/27/2017 Pakistan (Express Tribune) – The interior ministry on Monday informed the Islamabad High Court that Facebook administration has removed 85 per cent of blasphemous content from the social networking website on Pakistan’s request, Express News reported.

During the hearing, Interior Secretary Arif Khan said that Facebook has taken Pakistan’s request positively and is blocking blasphemous content on the social networking site. Only 15 per cent of such content is remaining, he said in his report. The secretary said that banning Facebook is not the solution.

He further informed the court that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested three suspects for their alleged involvement in publishing blasphemous content on social media.

Authorities seized mobile phones, laptops and computers from the suspects’ possession and sent for forensic examination. They said that the suspects have been arrested on the suspicion of sharing and spreading blasphemous content via social media.

 

 

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