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Twitter, Facebook And Google Threaten To Shut Down Service In Pakistan

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The Asian Internet Coalition Group (AIC) wrote to Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding social media regulation, stating that the implementation of new social media laws in Pakistan is difficult for the AIC.

According to the letter, the rules will also affect ordinary users and businessmen, while the closure of Google, Facebook and Twitter will affect 7 million users.

According to sources, the Prime Minister directed to review the rules following a letter of stringent reservations shown by the Asian Internet Coalition Group on social media regulations on February 15, and the protest of journalists and social media organizations in the country.

Sources say that the federal government has decided to stop the implementation of new social media laws and the chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Major General (R) Aamir Azim Bajwa to review the new social media rules and consult with the stakeholders.

A 4-member committee has been set up which will submit its report to the Prime Minister in 2 weeks. Sources said Tania Aidrus Head of Digital Pakistan, Social Media Focal Person Dr. Arsalan, and Additional Secretary IT will also be the part of the committee.

A committee set up by the federal government will hold extensive consultations with all stakeholders, while sources say the review process will also include human rights minister Dr. Sherin Mazari and Barrister Ali Zafar.

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