Pakistan wants Facebook, Twitter to help it combat blasphemy

Pakistan says it has asked Facebook to help investigate “blasphemous content.” (File photo: Reuters)
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said Thursday it has asked Facebook and Twitter to help it identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so that it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition.
Under Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, anyone found to have insulted Islam or the Prophet Muhammad can be sentenced to death.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said an official in Pakistan’s Washington embassy has approached the two social media companies in an effort to identify Pakistanis, either within the country or abroad, who recently shared material deemed offensive to
He said Pakistani authorities have identified 11 people for questioning over alleged blasphemy and would seek the extradition of anyone living abroad.
Facebook said it reviews all government requests carefully, “with the goal of protecting the privacy and rights of our users.”
“We disclose information about accounts solely in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law. A Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty or other formal request may be required for international requests, and we include these in our Government Requests Report,” which is publicized each year, it said in a statement.
Twitter declined to comment.

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  1. No religion or founder of the religion should be insulted , no abusive words should be used against anyone . One has every right to accept someone or don’t accept but he should behave gracefully . On the other hand , blasphemy rule of Pakistan is equally wrong . What I understand that it is this rule which opens the door for lawlessness and voience . It is this rule which is producing and nourishing so called jehadi groups . If Pakistan is really sincere against terrorism , it should change this rule .

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