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‘Banning a platform like YouTube is not a solution’

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

23rd Jul, 2020. 10:08 am

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Ex-google executive Tania Aidrus has said that Banning a platform like YouTube is not a solution.

She took to her twitter and wrote:

Banning a platform like YouTube is not a solution. The 3 years when YouTube was banned in Pakistan it held back our content creator ecosystem which has just started to flourish now, creating employment opportunities for thousands.

Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Wednesday took notice of objectionable content on social media and hinted at shutting down YouTube in the country.

During the hearing, Justice Qazi Amin remarked “we are not against freedom of expression and masses have right to discuss our performance and decisions as we take salaries from public money but constitution also provides us right of personal life but users of social media and YouTube are targeting our families” he said.

“Masses are being provoked against country’s army, government and judiciary.”

Justice Qazi Amin further remarked we are showing tolerance but it will run out some day. He also asked Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) if they have checked content on YouTube.

He also asked that how many people who were involved in such activities faced action.

The court also hinted at shutting down YouTube in Pakistan. Justice Mushir Alam remarked that no one can share content against United States or Europe on YouTube.

He added that there are many countries that have banned the video sharing platform while several countries control social media through local laws.

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