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Pakistan

PTA asks Twitter to take action against accounts spreading false information

  • PTA says that a number of accounts involved in spreading fake news are Twitter verified and are operating with immunity
Published October 22, 2020

(Karachi) Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked Twitter to take immediate action against accounts spreading false information and negative propaganda against Pakistan, a press release issued by PTA on Thursday stated.

As per details, PTA has approached Twitter administration to immediately sensitize its moderation teams and ensure that the platform is not used as a propaganda tool for spreading fake information.

The PTA stated, "In wake of current smear campaign of spreading false and baseless information targeting Pakistan, its cities and institutions, PTA has stressed upon Twitter to effectively block handles involved in the campaign."

It mentioned that a number of accounts involved in spreading fake news are Twitter verified and are operating with immunity.

Earlier today, fake news circulated on Twitter that Saudi Arabia has voted against Pakistan in the meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), creating widespread alarm among the people. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected the news terming it as baseless.

On October 21, several Indian media outlets took to Twitter and reported a "civil war-like situation", a day after an inquiry was ordered by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of opposition leader Mohammad Safdar in Karachi.

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