Government employees are likely to be barred from using WhatsApp in Pakistan.
Ali Khan Jadoon chaired an important meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology.
During the meeting, the National Information Technology Board officials briefed that WhatsApp-style service will be introduced for the government employees, after which the government employees will not be able to use WhatsApp.
Officials added that government employees will be able to send voice message videos and documents to the WhatsApp-style service while they will not share the departmental documents on their personal WhatsApp.
NITB officials said that they are supporting the federal and provincial government for the e-office.
“We are taking steps to curb fake news on social media. We have taken the Press Information Department into confidence, we have tried to ensure that there is social media news verification,” the officials added.
Board officials stated that the proposal is under consideration to authorize social media to confirm the news.
NITB officials said the IT department has decided that government officials or employees will not be able to do part-time business on social media.
Board officials said that people sitting in offices are running YouTube and Facebook and data is also taken home from USB. The proposal is also under consideration to ban Facebook, YouTube and use of USB.
The officials said that all activities will be banned by centralizing the data. NITB will host the centralized data system.