Pakistan acquired fourth spot, behind the US, in the list of countries requesting to remove content to Facebook and Google, said Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Dr. Syed Ismail Shah. He added that the most requests that Facebook and Google receive to remove undesired content is from the United States.
He said this while briefing a senate’s standing committee on IT and telecom that was chaired by Shah Syed. The chairman of PTA said that Pakistan is currently lacking human resources and financial capability which are the major hurdles in facing the problems related to blasphemous content on social media platform.
Pakistan had sent a letter to Facebook and it is reported that the officials of social media giant are planning to pay a visit to Pakistan, said PTA Chairman. He further added that currently 25 PTA officials are working to monitor and block any blasphemous content on social media platforms that are available in the country.
Moreover, reports indicates that officials of PTA are working to develop a mechanism to block any undesired content from social media platforms. However, it is pertinent to note that experts and latest equipment are required to develop such a mechanism which is costly, said Ismail Shah.
The official of PTA expressed his reservation by saying that PTA is required to submit audit papers and offer explanations to the Public Accounts Committee when it undertakes such costly projects. To which the committee chairman assured the PTA that it will be supported at all levels.