The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority [PTA] has directed Twitter to immediately block and remove malicious “Trends and Tweets” vilifying the superior judiciary of the country.
A statement issued by the PTA said; “Twitter has particularly been informed that the presence of such content and trends does not come under the definition of freedom of expression and hence must be taken down instantly as ‘Contempt of Court’ is one of the categories that hold high priority for the Authority,”.
However, it is unlikely that such a request or any warning of this nature will be taken up by the major social media platform, as they maintain that they abide by their ethical standards and laws of the host country.
The social media platform has also been directed to effectively and expeditiously respond to PTA’s requests for removal of illegal and harmful online content to avoid any legal action.
The PTA has also issued a statement saying the authority remains committed to facilitating and supporting digital platforms provided they comply with laws of the land.