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The government will launch a crackdown on defamatory content on social networks

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ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to launch a crackdown on social media users who post content deemed defamatory, Geo News reported.

The decision comes after Federal Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Minister Ahsan Iqbal was stopped by PTI supporters at a restaurant on the Islamabad-Lahore highway last week.

The video of the PMLN leader being heckled at a fast food joint went viral last week and made headlines, after which the family apologized to Ahsan Iqbal. Home Minister Rana Sanaullah chaired a meeting on Friday, which was also attended by Federal Home Secretary Punjab IGP, FIA CEO, Nadra Acting Chairman Khalid Latif and other officials.

During the meeting, the issues of harassing citizens and uploading “immoral videos” on social networks were discussed and it was decided to crack down on those who share defamatory content on social networks and impersonate ‘others. Officials also deliberated on issues of blackmail and defamation of citizens.

Participants discussed the development of “effective” laws to combat cybercrime, particularly harassment and the uploading of offensive content. It was decided to set up a working group to make the necessary changes to the PECA 2016 on the issue of harassment and defamation. The panel will make recommendations after consultation and consensus with all stakeholders.

Rana Sanaullah ordered to take strict and immediate action against those involved in cybercrime and said that tarnishing the reputation of citizens through defamatory content and defamation is by no means acceptable.

He said there was a fear of disorder and chaos in society by spreading ‘immoral’ and insulting content on social media and warned that strict action would be taken against those involved in such indiscriminate crimes. .

The Minister of Home Affairs further stated that relevant institutions should adopt a zero tolerance policy against those who violate the moral values ​​of society. He also advised the masses to send their complaints to FIA contact numbers with instructions to the relevant authorities to deal with them without delay.