Facebook Has Denied Pakistan’s Request To Link Phone Numbers to Accounts

A few days ago, Pakistani government requested Facebook to link the accounts of its users with their phone numbers, which has now been rejected by the management of the company.

Christine Chen, Facebook’s chairperson, said that the company has declined the request made by the government of Pakistan in order to protect the rights of its users, reported Voice of America.

She said:

We apply a strict legal process to any government request for data or content restrictions.

Pakistan has been in negotiation with Facebook over several matters, mainly regarding the major digital crisis regarding blasphemous content. To counter the issue, Justice Shaukat Aziz suggested to remove such material even at the expense of banning social media.

Recently, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Khan held a meeting with Facebook’s vice president of public policy to discuss the removal of blasphemous content present on the social media.

In regards to the removal of fake social media accounts in the county, such requests were submitted by the Pakistani government. Since mobile phone numbers are biometrically verified in the country, linking them with the social media can make it easier to locate the offender.

FIA has observed that most of the cyber crimes have been committed over Facebook, given its popularity and usage in the country. Therefore the government requested Facebook VP to link Facebook accounts with phone numbers so that culprits could be traced earlier and without fail.

Zarar leads the Sports & Auto sections at ProPakistani.


            • We know the percentage of users from each country since Facebook publishes the information. Pakistan was less than 2% years ago. Given Pakistan’s population & internet penetration compared with rest of the world, it’s still tiny.

              Don’t tell me you still believe lies that Facebook will go into millions of dollars of losses if Pakistan bans it.

  • kaise karenge Facebook Wale “One Phone number, One ID” agar aisa kerdiya to Facebook Accounts ki Tadad adhi se bhi kam hojaigi. ek admi ne 10 10 Acounts bnai hue hain, 2 Billion Accounts ka facebook jo kehti hai usme se 60% to fake accounts honge. :D :P

    • I got 3 accounts one for business other for friends and third one for arguing with idiots who would report my comments and get me banned. Although it’s facebook policy that you can’t have more than 1 account now but old accounts made several years ago are allowed to be kept.

      Now linking all 3 would be a headache for me although 2 of them are already linked with separate phone numbers


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