US Jumps In to Show Reservations Over Social Media “Restrictions” in Pakistan

The United States has said that the “new restrictions” on social media platforms in Pakistan could be a “setback to freedom of expression and development of digital economy”.

In a statement on Twitter, the United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, called upon the Government of Pakistan to encourage discussion with stakeholders on the matter.


The statement comes following journalist organisations, social society, legal fraternity, social media activists and the opposition political parties rejected the PTI government’s new social media regulations, describing these as yet another effort to “silence the dissenting voices of journalists and a common man”.

On January 28, the federal cabinet approved the “Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020,” a set of regulations on social media content on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and other social media networks.

In a recent statement, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), also expressed concerns over the new social media regulations and urged the Government of Pakistan to immediately withdraw a set of social media regulatory measures.

  • Although I voted for PTI but yeh government hume waapis Stone Age mai le kr jana chahti hai. Pehle Smartphones pe itne heavy taxes lagae, aaj tk kam nai kiye.
    Ooper se social media pe bhi restrictions k plans hain. India hamare muqaable mai kaha se kahan pohanch gaya hai digital world mai and economically, hum aise hi khush hain bs.

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