PTI government faces international association pressure over new social media rules

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PTI government faces international association pressure over new social media rules

The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) has approached Prime Minister Imran Khan with concerns over the lack of transparency on the consultation on social media rules stating that the rules if improperly formulated would actively harm the business environment and its attractiveness as an investment destination for technology companies.

The AIC is an industry association of leading internet and technology companies including Airbnb, Amazon. Apple, Cloudflare, Expedia Group, Facebook, Google, SAP, Grab, LinkedIn, LINE, Rakuten, Twitter, Yahoo (Verizon Media), and Booking.com.

In a letter addressed to PM Khan, the AIC has stated that it is a follow up regarding the “Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) rules 2020 or the Removal and Blocking of unlawful content (procedures, oversight, and safeguards) Rules 2020”.

The coalition thanked the PM for personal intervention in suspending the previous version of the Citizen Protection against Online Harm rules that had failed to uphold internationally recognized rights to individual expression and privacy as guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan. Further, the PM has been appreciated for directing the government towards initiating a proper multi-stakeholder consultation on the revised set of rules.