Google, Facebook, and Twitter Threatened Pakistan To Revoke Its Services
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan recently signaled to the PTA (Pakistan Telecommunications Authority) to stop and remove anything that could cause “danger, intimidation, and dissent”. In other words, any material that is against Pakistan’s integrity, security, and defense will be removed and prevented.
“The draconian data localization requirements will damage the ability of people to access free and open internet and shut Pakistan’s digital economy off from the rest of the world. It’s chilling to see the PTA’s powers expanded, allowing them to force social media companies to violate established human rights norms on privacy and freedom of expression,” the group said in a statement.
“The Rules would make it extremely difficult for AIC Members to make their services available to Pakistani users and businesses. If Pakistan wants to be an attractive destination for technology investment and realize its goal of digital transformation, we urge the Government to work with industry on practical, clear rules that protect the benefits of the internet and keep people safe from harm.”
Tech companies say they have been “alerted” by a group called the AIC (Asian Internet Coalition). This is not the first time these three tech giants have expressed concern over the rules and regulations implemented by Pakistan. Similar concerns were also expressed in February this year.
Under the new law, tech companies that fail to remove or block reported content within 24 hours of receiving notice from the Pakistani government will be fined up to $ 3.14 million. Pakistan has requested that these companies set up local offices within Pakistan.
Pakistan has 75 million internet users in the country.
Interestingly, Pakistan’s neighbor India has also proposed similar laws in recent years but has avoided any concern from these companies in the country’s vast internet population, which has garnered huge advertising revenue. Is. India is a big market for Google and Facebook.