Saturday, July 8, 2017

Pakistan: Facebook Meets With Interior Minister Over Blasphemy Death Sentence


The meeting comes after a Pakistani counter-terrorism court sentenced 30 year old man Taimoor Raza who was accused of making negative remarks about religious figures, as part of a wider crackdown.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Pakistan Today / Excerpts
By Syed Murtaza | July 8, 2017

A senior Facebook official met with Pakistan’s interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, to discuss a demand that the company prevent blasphemous content or Pakistan would block its users from the site’s access.

The meeting comes after a Pakistani counter-terrorism court sentenced 30 year old man Taimoor Raza who was accused of making negative remarks about religious figures, as part of a wider crackdown.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of public policy met with the interior minister, who offered to approve a Facebook office in Pakistan, given that the country has an estimated 33 millions of the social network.

Facebook said that the meeting was “important and constructive” and that they were concerned over the recent court cases and made it clear that they would apply a strict legal process to any government request for data or content restrictions.


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