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Government planning to ban major social media platforms in Pakistan

Government planning to ban major social media platforms in Pakistan

On March 4, the Senate gathering in Pakistan will delve into a resolution spearheaded by Senator Bahramand Tangi of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), advocating for the prohibition of major social media platforms. The resolution targets platforms such as Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), and YouTube, citing concerns over their misuse against national interests. Senator Tangi emphasizes the need to shield the younger generation from potential adverse effects of social media.

While the resolution lacks legal binding, its potential approval underscores growing apprehensions over the proliferation of fake news and misinformation on these platforms. Notably, there have been allegations of PPP considering disciplinary actions against Senator Tangi for his outspoken stance, including his failure to address a show-cause notice regarding the postponement of February 8 polls.

Access to social media in Pakistan has already been disrupted, particularly with intermittent access to X following admissions of election rigging. The ongoing debate revolves around striking a balance between freedom of speech and regulating social media platforms, with potential implications for online activism and digital rights advocacy. Moreover, businesses, influencers, and content creators reliant on these platforms for outreach may face significant impacts.

As the Senate convenes to deliberate on this resolution, stakeholders are closely monitoring its potential repercussions on the social media landscape in Pakistan. The outcome of this discussion will likely shape future regulations and policies governing online platforms in the country.

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