The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued notices to Google Inc and Wikipedia for “disseminating sacrilegious content” through the two platforms, it emerged on Friday.
In a press release, the authority (PTA) said it has been receiving complaints regarding “misleading search results associated with ‘present khalifa of Islam’ and an unauthentic version of the Holy Quran uploaded by the Ahmedi community on Google application Play Store”.
Being a matter of very serious nature, PTA has approached Google Inc with the directions to immediately remove the unlawful content.
“The platform has been issued with the notice under Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight, and Safeguard) Rules 2020 (“Rules”) to remove the sacrilegious content to avoid any legal action by the regulator,” the statement read.
The PTA also said that it had received complaints against Wikipedia for “hosting of caricatures of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and dissemination of misleading, wrong, deceptive and deceitful information through articles portraying Mirza Masroor Ahmad as a Muslim”.
The PTA said that they have served Wikipedia with a notice after “extensive communication” to remove the “sacrilegious content to avoid any legal action”.
“In case the platforms remain non-compliant, PTA shall be constrained to initiate further action under Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (PECA) and Rules 2020,” said the regulator.
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