Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Registration of social media platforms mandatory within three months

Registration of social media platforms mandatory within three months
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The rules have been made for action against against negative propaganda on social media and the registration of all global social media platforms mandatory within three months. The federal cabinet approves new social media rules made the registration of all global social media platforms in Pakistan mandatory within three months. According to details, all companies, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Tik Tok, are required to register and establish an office in Islamabad within three months. The global social media platforms and companies have been conditioned to appoint a focal person in Pakistan and they will have to build a data server in Pakistan within a year. With the new rules, action could be taken against those who speak out against national institutions and national sovereignty. The Ministry of Information and Telecommunications or the National Coordinator can ask any social media company to remove, suspend or disable access to such content within 24 hours. Urgent situations will require action within 6 hours. According to the Rules, the “interpretation or permissibility of any online content, by the Authority or the National Coordinator under law, rule, regulation or instruction, shall take precedence over any community standards or rules or community guidelines or policies or any other instruments devised by a Social Media Company.” The rules also state that Social Media Companies “shall remove, suspend or disable access to such accounts, online content of citizens of Pakistan residing outside its territorial boundaries and posts on online content that are involved in spreading of fake news or defamation.”