Over 19,000 social media accounts taken down for spreading terrorism, inciting hate: NACTA

More than 19,000 social media has been downloaded for inciting hatred and spreading terrorism in the region, according to the National Counter Terrorism Authority.

The counter-terrorism department said Google, Facebook, and Twitter had taken 19,727 accounts that shared hate and terrorism.

9.633 pages spread religious hate, while, at the request of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, 10.094 social media reports promoted terrorist activity, NACTA said.

NACTA has since banned five websites that distribute terrorist-related content, adding a total of 24,038 complaints from social media in 2020.

This evolution follows the four-hour blockage of resources from social media on Pakistan on 16 April via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Telegram.

In its explanation on the suspension of services, PTA said, "To preserve public order and safety access to certain social media apps was temporarily blocked."

Federal information minister Fawad Chaudhry has regretted that the country's websites will be blocked from 11 to 15 pm and has pledged to make every effort to ensure that the move will not be made further in the future.

Chaudhry said in Friday's speech that "I regret a three-hour suspension of social media and I demand apologies for it."

"We will make every attempt to avert a social media blackout in the future," the federal minister said.