Facebook agrees to send delegation to Pakistan over online blasphemy issue

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Popular social media networking platform Facebook on Thursday showed consent on sending a delegation to Pakistan to hold talks with Pakistani officials over the issue online blasphemy and removal of objectionable content from the website.

An interior ministry spokesperson said that Pakistan’s reservations were communicated to Facebook management which has nominated a focal person to contact Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) as it believes in dialogue for resolving the issue.

The decision was announced a few hours after Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar vowed to go to any extent for removing blasphemous content from social media websites.

“The government will take a final decision on the functioning of social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, etc, in Pakistan within the next three to four days,” he had said. “We will take strict steps if their administration responds in the negative without taking into account any criticism.”

Popular social media networking platform Facebook on Thursday showed consent on sending a delegation to Pakistan to hold talks with Pakistani officials over the issue online blasphemy and removal of objectionable content from the website.

An interior ministry spokesperson said that Pakistan’s reservations were communicated to Facebook management which has nominated a focal person to contact Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) as it believes in dialogue for resolving the issue.

The decision was announced a few hours after Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar vowed to go to any extent for removing blasphemous content from social media websites.

“The government will take a final decision on the functioning of social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, etc, in Pakistan within the next three to four days,” he had said. “We will take strict steps if their administration responds in the negative without taking into account any criticism.”

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