Notification of new social media rules issued

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The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has issued notification of Social Media Rules 2021.

According to Federal Minister for IT Aminul Haq, under the amended rules, Pakistani consumers will have full freedom of expression under Article 19.

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Rules will play an important role in liaising between Pakistani users and social media organizations. Social media companies must abide by Pakistani laws and the rights of social media users.

Live streaming of extremism, terrorism, hate speech, pornography and violent content will be banned. Social media organizations will be obliged to remove content against the dignity and security of Pakistan.

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Promoting immoral and obscene material would also be a felony. Social media organizations and service providers will develop community guidelines.

The guidelines will inform users about uploading content. Negative content related to any person will not be uploaded.

Content related to the privacy of others will also be banned. Content that contradicts Pakistan’s cultural and moral trends will be banned.

Content that destroys the mental and physical development of children and morals will be banned. All social media outlets, including YouTube, Facebook, Tic Tac Toe, Twitter and Google Plus, will abide by the rules.

Following the issuance of the notification, it will be necessary to set up offices in Pakistan on social media as soon as possible. Social media companies will appoint their own authorized officer for Pakistan.

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