New social media rules and fundamental rights

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.The Ministry of Information Technology announced new social media rules in November
2020, triggering push back from civil society and other stakeholders in the eco system.
This sudden action by the government has raised questions about the motives and
objectives of the new rules and how they align with protecting the fundamental rights of
the citizens of Pakistan as they relate to their privacy and freedom of speech.
One of the first questions that comes to mind is the scope of these guidelines.
The scope of these guidelines was supposed to be limited to the use of social media,
however, it seems to applicable to internet service providers and cloud providers. PTA
has, moreover, assumed the role of judge, jury and executioner which creates an
imbalance within the law and order setup of Pakistan Read More…

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