Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry has said that regulating social media is perfectly a public interest requirement.
He added that in order to bring companies under Pakistan economic laws framework, registration is imperative.
“Regulating Social media is perfectly public interest requirement…. you never criticised USA and UK for actually more stringent regulations but for Pak you want zero regulation, also to bring companies in Pak economic laws framework registration is imperative,” Fawad wrote.
“These rules are framed In exercise of the powers conferred under clause (c) of sub-section (2A) of section 8, sub-section (1) of section 54 and clause (ag) of sub-section (2) of section 57 of the PTA Act, 1996 and the sections 35, 37, 48 and 51 PECA, Law was passed by PMLn.”
On January 01, Ministry of Information and Technology introduced new rules for social media companies.
The companies are also advised to constitute an office in Islamabad within three months alongside appointing a focal person.
As per rules, the social media companies will be required to build data server in Pakistan.
The social media platforms will also be bound to block content in case of any complaint by relevant authorities and in case of non-compliance, the officials will be authorized to remove online content within three months.
The companies will be fined up to Rs. 500 million if they do not follow rules regarding blocking the content.
It was further stated that an authority will be established under IT minister to monitor social media, which will also represent all stakeholders.