Now Reading: PTA Issues Notices to Google, Wikipedia For Spreading ‘Blasphemous Content’
On Saturday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued notices to both Google and Wikipedia, asking for the removal of online controversial and blasphemous material from their platforms. Keeping in consideration the serious nature of this matter, the PTA has established contact with Google and Wikipedia and has directed the global online search engine and the free online encyclopedia to immediately get rid of the illegal material.
According to a PTA spokesman, this step was taken after various complaints the organization received about the uploading of an unauthentic version of the Holy Quran on the Google Play Store, as well as some regarding misleading search results about the “present Islamic Caliph.” As per PTA, these notices to Google and Wikipedia, for blocking and removing the illegal online contents, were issued under the ‘Rules 2020’.
Complaints were received regarding the presence of blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and the absolutely misleading, bogus, wrong and downright deceitful information derived from articles that were published on Wikipedia. These presented the leader of the Ahmadis, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, as a Muslim.
Press Release: PTA issues Notices to Google Inc. and Wikipedia on account of disseminating sacrilegious content through the platforms. pic.twitter.com/AhG9PHCJS1
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) December 25, 2020
The notices for removal of said content have been launched under the “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguard) Rules 2020. On account of disseminating sacrilegious content through them, the global platforms were also asked to immediately remove this blasphemous contents if they wanted to avoid legal action from the Pakistani regulator.
If the platforms in question refuse or give negative responses to removal of the blasphemous content, PTA will be forced to take legal action under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (PECA) and Rules 2020. Under this rule, regulators are obliged to have any sacrilegious content removed by contacting the relevant platforms or legal action is to be pursued.
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