National Counter Terrorism Authority

FOE Link or motive by PPF

Confirmed

Case Update Status

Social media accounts banned by National Counter Terrorism Authority are still down

Summary of Case

"On April 24, 2021 National Counter Terrorism Authority said more than 19,000 social media had been taken down for inciting hate and spreading terrorism in the country. Google, Facebook, and Twitter had taken down the 19,727 accounts involved in spreading hate and terrorism, the counter-terrorism agency said. 9,633 pages were spreading religious hatred, while 10,094 social media accounts were promoting terrorism and were blocked on the request of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, NACTA said. NACTA said five websites, spreading terrorism-related material, were also blocked, adding a total of 24,038 social media-related complaints were filed in 2020. The development comes after services of social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Telegram were blocked for four hours in Pakistan on April 16. ""In order to maintain public order and safety, access to certain social media applications has been restricted temporarily,"" PTA had said in its explanation regarding the suspension of services. Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry had regretted the blockage of social media sites across the country from 11am to 3pm, promising that he will try his best that the measure is not taken again in the future. ""I regret the three-hour suspension of social media and seek an apology over it,"" Chaudhry said in a statement on Friday. ""Every effort will be made to prevent a shutdown of social media in the future,"" said the federal minister. "

Category of Incident

Censorship

ICCS Status

ICCS Divisions: 0803-Acts related to freedom of expression or control of expression

ICCS Group: 08031-Acts against freedom of expression

ICCS Class: "N/A"

ICCS Crime: "Acts against freedom of expression"

Reported By

The News

Date of incident

24

Month

April

Year

2021

Name of affected person

No person Affected

Other affected persons

No other person affected

Name of affected organization

Social media Platforms

Other affected organizations

No other organization affected

Action by

National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA

City

Nationwide

Province

Nationwide

Designation

N/A

Professional category

N/A

Age of victim

N/A

Marital Status

N/A

Compensation Details

Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation announced by Government

Date of compensation announcement by government: N/A

Date of compensation paid by government: N/A

Amount of compensation announced by others: No compensation announced by Government

Date of compensation announced by others: N/A

Date compensation paid by others: N/A

FIR Details

Was FIR registered ?: No

Court Details

Was case investigated ?: N/A

Court where case was presented: N/A

Name of prosecuting lawyer: N/A

Date of first court hearing:

Date of last court hearing:

Status of court case: N/A

Journalist Union Status

PFUJ

Not required

APNS

Not required

CPNE

Not required

PBA

Not required

Condemn Status

Colleague of victim

Not required

Employer organization

Not required

Press Club Status

Press club 1: Not required

Press club 2: Not required

Press club 3: Not required