PTA Directs Twitter To Remove Defamatory Material Against Superior Judiciary

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

12th Apr, 2021. 05:26 pm
PTA Directs Twitter To Remove Defamatory Material Against Superior Judiciary

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has directed the management of the social networking site Twitter to immediately block or remove insulting tweets and trends against the superior judiciary.

The PTA has told Twitter management that the presence of such content or trends does not fall under the definition of freedom of expression, so it should be removed immediately.

The social media platform has also been directed to take effective and prompt action on PTA requests to remove illegal and harmful online content to avoid legal action.

The statement said the PTA was committed to supporting and facilitating digital platforms as long as they adhered to the country’s laws.

It should be noted that insulting tweets regarding the high judiciary came to light on Twitter yesterday.

Even before this, the PTA has repeatedly directed various social media platforms to remove obscene, insulting and immoral content.

Earlier, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has introduced a new automatic ‘Lost and Stolen Device System’ (LSDS) to block stolen, lost and snatched mobile phones.

A press release issued by PTA said that the new system would be helpful for users who want to block their mobile phone in case it is stolen, snatched or lost.

According to the press release, users can also apply to PTA to block the IMEI number of such mobiles to prevent possible misuse of their mobiles.

According to the PTA, LSDS is an automated system and the system is integrated with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s Device Identification and Blocking System (DIRBS).

The press release further said that the stolen mobile phone will be blocked within 24 hours after the registration of the complaint and necessary verification.

It added that users can apply to PTA to block phone calls through the Online Complaint Management System (CMS) on the PTA website.

Customers can also contact the PTA Consumer Support Center (CSC) toll-free number 55055-0800 for more information.

According to the PTA, a number should be provided to the applicant after successful registration of the phone blocking application, while in case of finding a lost phone, the complainant has to follow the same procedure for blocking through CMS.

The stolen, snatched and lost mobile phone was being blocked or unblocked by PTA’s toll-free number, website or CPLC Karachi. However, these resources will not be available for these services once the new system is introduced.

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