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PTA warns non-cooperation may lead to block social media, gaming sites

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

28th Jul, 2020. 06:58 pm
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Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Major General (retd) Amir Azeem warned on Tuesday that social media websites and online gaming platforms in the country would be shut down because of the non-cooperation of the concerned companies.

He said this while talking to a group of Youtube Vloggers along with the focal person Arsalan Khalid of Prime Minister Imran Khan on Social Media Arsalan Khalid, who called on him to discuss restrictions on social media platforms.

The meeting also discussed the proposed social media site rules and regulations. The PTA chairman said there was no possibility of the PUBG game being instantly restored because the gaming business was not working with local authorities.

“We will not restore the gaming platform unless a proper response is received from the company,” he said.

Amir Azeem said they respect court orders and will execute them, but they have received some complaints from various circles about PUBG.

Punjab police also raised the issue with us about suicide incidents due to the PUBG game, he said, and warned against filing cases against the company in the event of its failure to comply.

He said that the social media platforms neither have their offices nor representatives in Pakistan.

The chairman of the PTA declared that they were not in favor of limiting social media sites on the other side would also cooperate with the authorities.

“In this scenario, we have the last option to ban the website over non-cooperation.”

Also, the Youtube authorities are not providing effective cooperation, he said while shedding light on the apex court’s reservations about the material posted on the website but refused to obtain any orders to ban Youtube in the region.

Amir Azeem said Tik Tok and Bigo have started cooperation with local authorities and the former has also removed 3.8 million complaint connections.

Similar to other sites, Facebook has offered greater cooperation, he said, adding that Youtube and PUBG had the least cooperation with the authorities.

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