Fawad Chaudhry just told PTA and Supreme Court to mind their own business
While the world is utilizing the potential of social media platforms to revolutionize their ability to connect across geographical and social divides, Pakistan seems to be adamant to curtail the basic right of freedom of speech of many living in this country by ‘banning’ apps.
While banning apps in Pakistan is nothing new, recently it all started off with the PUBG ban which was implemented on the ground of so-called complaints by “various sections in the society”
PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of the children. pic.twitter.com/GDJqTeuTaf
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 1, 2020
Well, the authorities did not stop there and have done a few more things to synchronize the behavior of social media users in accordance with their rules and regulations.
This week PTA banned BIGO and issued a final warning to TikTok on the account of sharing immoral, obscene and vulgar content on their platforms
PTA has claimed that the content shared on the mentioned apps is against societal standards and values. The administrating body has also mentioned that this content is leading towards the moral degradation of youth and has adversely impacted the society in general.
Press Release: Number of complaints had been received from different segments of the society against immoral, obscene & vulgar content on social media applications particularly Tik Tok and Bigo, & their extremely negative effects on the society in general & youth in particular. pic.twitter.com/Zow1EuLj4N
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 20, 2020
Even the Supreme court of Pakistan jumped into this debate by hinting at another YouTube ban, which has angered so many
The court basically objected to the anti-judiciary and anti-government content posted on the social media platforms and while answering a question about taking action against the ones who post such stuff, representative of PTA stated that they cannot remove the content but they can report it. To which the judges responded that YouTube is already banned in many countries and discussed how social media is regulated through local laws in different countries.
Well, this is not the first time that a ban is being planned for YouTube. Previously, YouTube was banned in Pakistan in 2012 and the ban was lifted after four years.
Fawad Chaudhry just slammed PTA and Supreme Court over this arbitrary and stupid banning of apps in Pakistan
In his recent tweet by lashing out at the authorities and stated that PTA and courts should not try to moral police the awaam. He also argued that actions like this will hamper the technological growth of the country. He further said that the constant interference of judges in issues like these have not allowed the country to grow.
Courts and PTA must stay away from moral policing and Ban Approach,such bans on internet based Apps ll destroy Pak tech industry and development of technology ll be permanently hampered,we are still not out of woods b/o judges illadvised interferece in economic matters
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) July 22, 2020
People supported the sane suggestion given by Fawad Chaudhry to PTA and Supreme Court
They said that the authorities should come up with a better approach than to just ‘ban’ stuff they don’t like.
Why is CJ threatening on banning #YouTube. What weird approach is this. It is just like life mushkil hai to #suicide krlo; the wrong approach. Don't they have brains to solve it logically. #YouTubeban
— Aisha 🇵🇰💚 (@iayeszha) July 22, 2020
— Tabi Abbasi 🇵🇰 (@Abbasi_Talks) July 22, 2020
People also said that Fawad Chaudhry slamming PTA and the courts will hopefully help prevent other nonsensical bans in this country
They explained that the way the technology is used is a factor which allows it to negatively or positively impact its users.
Exactly, if you start banning you will have to Ban schools universities madrasas and whatever placed these things are happening. Let’s Say the incidents start with cellphone and End in cars , so are you gonna ban Cars Too? Technology is not bad, it’s us who are faulty. 🤷🏻
— Muhammad Khird Added (@KhirdAdded) July 22, 2020
People argued that the regulatory framework should be discussed with relevant people who are actually affected by the usage of those and not with the judges who are old and uneducated about these apps
Agreed ! Such a binary approach usually leads to grave miscalculations & esp when such issues are discussed without the involvement of the relevant stakeholders & experts. At the same time,I believe some degree of regulatory framework should be discussed but with the right people
— Shehryar Hamid (@hamid_shehryar) July 22, 2020
A lot of them highlighted the ways these apps are positively being used by individuals to grow
These apps are a major source of Educational and Business material as well.
Rather than banning them Implementation of Cyber Security laws should be focused by courts and relevant authorities
— 🇵🇰.Imti@x M@qbool.🇵🇰 (@imtiazmaqbool) July 22, 2020
So, this was all about it. What’s your take on the issue? let us know in the comments below.
Cover image via: pta.gov.pk / natcour.com