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Google, Twitter and Facebook threaten to stop services in Pakistan

Under pressure from local media and global social media groups, the government took another u-turn and decided to halt the implementation of the new social media law.

The Asian Internet Coalition Group (AIC) wrote to Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding social media regulation, stating that the implementation of new social media laws in Pakistan is difficult for the AIC.

According to the letter, the rules will also affect ordinary users and businessmen, while the closure of Google, Facebook and Twitter will affect 7 million users.

According to sources, the Prime Minister directed to review the rules following a letter of severe reservations written on the new social media rules of the Asian Internet Coalition Group on February 15, and the protest of journalists and social media organizations in the country.

Sources say that the federal government has decided to stop the implementation of new social media laws and the chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Major General Aamir Azim Bajwa to review the new social media rules and consult with stakeholders concerned.

A 4-member committee has been set up which will submit its report to the Prime Minister in 2 weeks. Sources said Tania Aidrus, Head of Digital Pakistan, Social Media Focal Person Dr Arsalan and Additional Secretary IT Ministry will also be part of the committee.

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