Why Tech Companies Are Threatening To Leave Pakistan?

Why Tech Companies Are Threatening To Leave Pakistan?

The government of Pakistan announced the new social media rules yesterday, which were not well received. As a result, technology companies are threatening to stop their operations in Pakistan because of these regulations.

The memo of regulations was titled, “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight, and Safeguards) Rule 2020.”

The new social media regulations are under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (Peca).

Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) has voiced out its worry and shock at the new laws and the way they are affecting internet companies and on the government’s non-transparent system of developing these laws, according to Dawn.

After citizen protection Bill 2020 received a strong backlash, PM Imran Khan had promised to start consulting for any content regulations in the future, AIC pointed out that the promised consultations with stakeholder were missing.

“The consultation that was announced in February never occurred,” AIC managing director Jeff Paine stated, as quoted by Dawn.

The international technology companies working in Pakistan have warned to leave Pakistan if these regulations stay, as they said it will make their functioning very difficult.

The government of Pakistan announced the new social media rules yesterday, which were not well received. As a result, technology companies are threatening to stop their operations in Pakistan because of these regulations.

The memo of regulations was titled, “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight, and Safeguards) Rule 2020.”

The new social media regulations are under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (Peca).

Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) has voiced out its worry and shock at the new laws and the way they are affecting internet companies and on the government’s non-transparent system of developing these laws, according to Dawn.

After citizen protection Bill 2020 received a strong backlash, PM Imran Khan had promised to start consulting for any content regulations in the future, AIC pointed out that the promised consultations with stakeholder were missing.

“The consultation that was announced in February never occurred,” AIC managing director Jeff Paine stated, as quoted by Dawn.

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The international technology companies working in Pakistan have warned to leave Pakistan if these social media regulations stay, as they said it will make their functioning very difficult.