Facebook, PTA Discusses Citizens Protection Rules 2020

A delegation from Facebook held a virtual meeting with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to discuss the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020.

Facebook, PTA Discusses Citizens Protection Rules 2020

A delegation from Facebook held a virtual meeting with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to discuss the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020, and propose recommendations as part of an ongoing consultation process.

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In the meeting, Facebook representatives highlighted that the rules should: strive for greater transparency on content restricted in Pakistan; preserve citizens’ right to freedom of expression as guaranteed under the Constitution; incorporate due process requirements; and develop an independent oversight mechanism as required by the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (Peca) 2016.

Earlier this month, In the backdrop of long-standing demand for a Facebook office in Pakistan, the social media platform appointed a local company as its authorised sales partner, who can provide limited services.

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Facebook considers Pakistan a priority

According to a statement issued by the popular social media platform, it has appointed Dial Zero Private Limited as authorised sales partner for Pakistan. The appointment means Dial Zero can now provide support and market expertise for local businesses and agencies and assist them during the current challenging times when businesses are drafting strategies to thrive during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

“Pakistan is an important country for Facebook and it is a priority for us to invest in the market and to be closer to people and businesses here,” the official communique said.

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According to Facebook Director of Emerging Markets for Asia-Pacific Jordi Fornies, the expertise and market insights of its authorised sales partner can help Facebook provide better support for businesses and agencies to help them grow and unlock their true potential.

Originally published at The Express Tribune

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