The National Assembly Standing committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has expressed serious concerns over fake accounts on social media while saying that fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter are being run on prominent persons’ names.
The committee met with Ali Khan Jadoon in the chair on Wednesday.
The committee members registered a number of complaints and expressed serious concerns over fake accounts while saying that several fake accounts have been imitating them on social meda.
Committee member Naz Baloch said that several fake accounts were being run with her fake identity. Aftab Hussain and Ali Gohar said that five accounts were being run on his name.
IT Ministry officials said that Facebook and Twitter are not coming in the legal ambit of Pakistan and even the Supreme Court directives do not apply to them. Several countries have signed agreements but Pakistan has no agreement with any social media company.
The committee summoned the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in the next meeting for a briefing on the matter.
The committee was further informed that the government is expecting to generate $1.3 billion from the renewal of three mobile licenses which are going to expire this year.
“During 2013 to 2019, telecom sector generated around $19 billion, where $5.4 billion was deposited to the national exchequer”, said Member Telecom Mudassir Hussain while briefing the Committee. Further, the revenue of the telecom sector stood at 480 billion in 2018.
Briefing the committee, Member Telecom said that spectrum licenses of three mobile operators are going to expire in 2019 including two in May and one in October. The government is expecting to generate around $1.3 billion in revenue from the renewal of these licenses.