ISLAMABAD: YouTube has been ordered by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to delete “indecent” content and “hate speech.”
The PTA said in a statement released on Twitter that it had requested the video-sharing site “to block obscene, pornographic, unethical, nude, and hate speech material for viewing in Pakistan immediately.”
Press Release: PTA has asked video-sharing platform YouTube to immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/luZWrrsOnM
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) August 27, 2020
The state-run regulatory authority even said YouTube should guarantee that “abhorrent content” is blocked immediately and is not used to “transmit such content.”
The PTA also stated that the Google-owned service was “intended to set up an efficient content monitoring and filtering system to detect/delete illegal material and not be available within Pakistan.”
The PTA president previously told the Senate that a total of 830,000 websites had been blocked for pornographic content.
He had told the committee meeting with PPP Senator Rubina Khalid in Islamabad’s chair, all this based on the information available shared by Interpol. On the other hand, it is also informed that more than 2,364 websites carrying child pornographic material were also blocked.