A lot of content posted on social media platforms is often termed as controversial and is later removed by the authorities. Pakistan made similar requests to micro-blogging website Twitter to remove and withhold certain content. Requests from Pakistan tripled from January-June in 2017 as compared to the same period last year.
The data was revealed in the bi-annual transparency report given by Twitter according to which, Pakistani government requested Twitter to remove 24 accounts from the micro-blogging platform up from 8 accounts requested in the same period last year.
More than 80 accounts were also reported by the government with zero compliance, according to the bi-annual report by the social platform.
All the requests were from the government alone and no requests were made by the courts of Pakistan from January to June this year. The information requests made by the government stood at seven requests in the 2017 period, up from the four requests that social media platform received at the same time last year.
Nighat Dad from Digital Rights Foundation said that the government is currently strictly monitoring the social media platforms as a few social bloggers disappeared earlier this year. A lot of people had also been receiving notices from the FIA for the content they have been posting on their social media accounts.
Executive Director of Media Matters of Democracy, Asad Baig, said that the government is cracking down the anti-state content that is currently being posted on social media. This is because the government believes that posting such things are not a healthy trend for the democracy hence censoring down such content is now a necessity.
However, the requests made by the Pakistani government were minimal, as more than 90% of the requests came from Germany, France, Turkey, and Russia. 45% of the requests came from Turkey alone in the first six months of 2017 with the Turkish government and courts requesting removal of 2,710 accounts.
The bi-annual transparency report by Twitter highlights the requests it received from governments and courts of different countries to remove or withhold certain content on its platform.