Pakistan govt plans crackdown on social media users for spreading hatred

Pakistan Govt plans crackdown on social media users for spreading hatred | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – The Pakistan government has taken notice of the spread of hatred on social media and mobile phones following the Rawalpindi tragedy.

The Ministry of Information Technology has been directed to identify data of hate material from cellular companies and internet service providers. The federal government has called for immediate action under existing law against individuals who spread hate speech via mobile phones and social media.

According to sources, the federal government has issued directives to the federal ministry of information and technology and the Federal Investigation Agency to launch a crackdown on people responsible for spreading sectarian hatred on various social media platforms and the internet. According to sources the law exists regarding publicity on social media and action would be taken according to this law. The action would be taken against the people who will not remove wrong information from social media.

New directives came in the backdrop of sectarian clashes in Rawalpindi on Friday in which ten people died and over 50 injured. The government has taken notice of the spread of hate speech on social media and mobile phones following the Rawalpindi mayhem.

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Graduate in Media Sciences, Afrah Kamran is PakistanTribe's Correspondent in the United States. She writes on current affairs and latest happenings across U.S., especially from New York and Washington. She was part of PakistanTribe's editorial desk before leaving for United States.

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