Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary said social media in Pakistan needs strict check and control and in this regard, the government has planned to regulate the use of social media and bring it under the law. He was speaking about the aftermath of TLP’s protest and chaos, saying that fake news, notifications, and videos are on the rise on different social media platforms and this is the time to not leave it unchecked. He further said that strict action will be taken against them who spread the fake news or give them a flame as such news have the potential to create havoc in the country.
Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority will also have powers to monitor all the activities happening on social media platforms. Fawad Chaudhry mentioned this while speaking at a panel “There is no Truth: Only Narrative”.
The federal minister also highlighted that many private TV channels broadcast much news during the day, and some of those turn out to be fake later. He said that media should not broadcast any news until verifies it’s authenticity. He added even though Pakistan is an open country, this thing needs to be checked properly. Fawad also discussed that in developed countries, governments have the full the authority to control social media.
Last month, The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had also launched a Twitter account to “tackle and expose” fake news that is spread through social media. The account had been created on the instructions of federal minister Fawad Chaudhary to cope with fake and disinformed news. According to the minister, the FakeNewsBusterMoIB page is aimed to give the “official response” to “false propaganda” on social media platform in a timely manner. The account is also meant to “identify the users who spread fake news and requests will be made to take action against them”.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has created a Twitter account to tackle and expose Fake News, that are being spread on Social Media; citizens are requested to Follow the account !@FakeNews_Buster pic.twitter.com/9Me5aGlKFC
— PTI (@PTIofficial) October 1, 2018