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Pakistan backtracks on social media rules, to hold a consultation on notified rules

Buckling under pressure from global Big Tech, the Government of Pakistan said that it will now hold "extensive and broad based consultation" on the social media rules that it notified on February 13. According to the government's statement on February 25, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will undertake an "extensive and broad based consultation process with all relevant segments of civil society and technology companies". It is significant that the consultation is happening after the Rules have been notified, that is, put into effect. It is not clear how the consultation will help at this stage. We have reached out to the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication for comment. The New York Times first reported this development. This was done at the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Called the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020, the Rules…

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