Pakistani Senate Considers Banning Major Social Media Platforms
Pakistani Senate Considers Banning Major Social Media Platforms

A controversial proposal advocating for the nationwide ban of major social media platforms is set to be discussed by the Pakistani Senate on March 4th.

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Spearheaded by Senator Bahramand Tangi of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the resolution targets Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, X, and YouTube. The senator expresses concerns about their potential misuse against national interests and the negative impact they may have on young people.

It’s important to note that this resolution is not legally binding even if passed. However, it highlights growing anxieties regarding the spread of misinformation on these platforms.

Adding another layer of complexity, Senator Tangi’s party membership is reportedly being revoked due to alleged breaches of party discipline. This further complicates the situation and potentially weakens the legitimacy of the proposed ban.

Pakistan’s relationship with social media has been strained recently. Access to X has been restricted since February following controversy surrounding the general elections. This has fueled public debate about the role and regulation of online platforms.

The Senate’s discussion on this proposal is expected to spark heated debate regarding freedom of expression, online safety, and government censorship. It will be crucial to watch how this situation unfolds and the potential impact it may have on the country’s digital landscape.

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