The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has begun the registration of social media firms following the Elimination and Blocking of Illicit Online Content (Procedure, Oversight, and Safeguards) Laws, 2020. The Social Media Organizations in Pakistan that have half a million or more users will be obliged to enroll for particular applications that they contribute. The programs with more than half a million Pakistani users will have to enroll themselves with the PTA and institute a certified facility in the land within nine months of the implementation of the laws. Within three months of the institution of the department, a focal person will have to be selected for coordination, and a data server arrangement has to be established within 18 months.
According to the registration information, the social media organization will be expected to provide
Name of the corporation
Type of assistance/administration
The number of its users in Pakistan (at the time of enrollment)
The number of its users in Pakistan
The locations in Pakistan (local office details to be given as per the timelines specified in the laws)
The company’s permission note (to be associated with this application)
The aspects of the approved focal person
Social Media Organizations and Service Providers are to extend proper devices for the classification of Online Content as stipulated in the edicts. A Service Provider and a Social Media Organization shall not intentionally receive, show, upload, issue, transfer, update or give any Online Content, and shall not permit the transmission. The edicts will also be referred to internet service providers, and all the organizations and providers have been directed to restrain content that is against the safety, influence, and support of the nation. It is currently unclear how organizations like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Whatsapp will react to these laws. None of these tech titans have posted in Pakistan and have no intentions to build their buildings here either. In such a state, their co-operations chance of being blockaded in Pakistan.