Pakistan Files a Case against Facebook, Twitter and Payam TV
Recently, Pakistan had filed a report against Twitter to Interpol. Now, a criminal case has been filed against Facebook and three other social media websites. The reason is of blasphemy that these sites have committed according to the Pakistani government. Twitter was briefly blocked in Pakistan, but quickly opened again, because it did not remove the content objectionable to Pakistan. Facebook, however, complied with the requests to remove content in question.
The bone of contention has been the “Draw Mohammad Day”, which should have not been started in the first place. This whole move has been a blob on the concept of freedom of expression, which in no way means disrespecting a prophet so revered by a religion. Unless such things are removed from not just the social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, but from the whole internet, Pakistani government will not relax.
The concern has been seriously taken by the country’s government because some content was reportedly uploaded from within Pakistan. The case is formerly registered through a First Information Report and is under investigation. The US Embassy and Payam TV are also facing similar charges, but the case against the former was not accepted by the judge. Facebook is used by only 3.62% of the people in Pakistan and in that only 35% actually does use the site. Regardless of how many Pakistanis use it, the case is valid in its principle stand about removing objectionable content.