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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Tuesday ruled out any restrictions on social media, but added that unbridled freedom cannot be acceptable to any civilized society. “It is not my own issue, or that of the PML-N, it is a society’s issue. Our values are under attack from a section of social media,” he said...

SAMAA | - Posted: May 23, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
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Posted: May 23, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Tuesday ruled out any restrictions on social media, but added that unbridled freedom cannot be acceptable to any civilized society.

“It is not my own issue, or that of the PML-N, it is a society's issue. Our values are under attack from a section of social media,” he said while addressing a news conference here.

Nisar said 27 social media accounts were identified for posting offensive material and of these 6 people were interviewed,” he said. “We have interviewed six people so far. And this process continues. There has been no arrest, no harassment.”

"Don’t confuse this issue. There will be no ban on social media. But unbridled freedom isn’t allowed in any society."

“Country’s laws are under attack from sections of social media. Social media, as you are aware, is an unorganized concept. Anyone can make a fake ID with any name and then write anything he or she wants.”

“We all realize the importance of social media. But there are rules for every institution, organization or governments. Unfortunately, there have been no rules for social media.”

“We will not let anyone develop free for all system as social media has big reach and it can have a big impact. It has come under my jurisdiction ever since FIA has been handed the case.

“When blasphemous material was uploaded on social media, I was directed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to look into this issue. I have been again given directions by the prime minister to look into the abuse of social media.”

Nisar noted that many offensive comments regarding armed forces have been posted on social media over the last few weeks.

“On one hand, our armed forces and civil forces are sacrificing their lives, on the other hand, they are being ridiculed on social media. So I directed the FIA to take action against elements behind such posts.”

Nisar said that he had given clear directions that indiscriminate action should be initiated against all those involved even if someone is from the PML-N. “We want the social media to grow but it must come under some law or code of conduct,” he concluded. - SAMAA
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