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Marriyum on misuse of Social Media

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday said the government fully believed in free expression on the social media, but nobody would be allowed to use the platform for creating anarchy, spreading fake news and character assassination of others.

The minister, in a meeting with a six-member delegation of TikTok led by its Regional Head of Asia Pacific Jiagen Eep here at her office, said the Constitution fully protected the rights of citizens, including freedom of expression.

Any post which contravened the provisions of Constitution could not be allowed on the social media platforms, she added.

Marriyum underlined the need for sensitizing the citizens on effective and appropriate use of the TikTok – an application for making and sharing short videos. The local administration of the TikTok should prefer the local language for creating awareness among the public, she added.

The minister urged the TikTok management to take effective measures keeping the reasons in view that led to the banning of platform in the past.

It was imperative to sensitize the youth on safety measures for preparation of the videos on TikTok, she noted, adding there was also a need to create awareness among the parents regarding the use of appropriate content on the platform.

The minister said the TikTok management might use by the Information Service Academy’s platform for awareness purposes.

TikTok could also launch an awareness campaign in collaboration with the Pakistan Broadcasters Association, she said, assuring the platform of full support of the Information Ministry in that regard.

She said the young people needed to be sensitized about social and religious values vis-e-vis the social media. Awareness drives related to the health could also be promoted on TikTok so maximum people could access such content on the platform, she added.

The minister said a partnership would be developed with TikTok to celebrate Pakistan’s 75th Golden Jubilee which would eventually help promote patriotism among the youth.

She hoped that the platform would play the best possible role in guiding the youth through a partnership with the government. TikTok could also play an important role in promoting the country’s culture and values.

The delegation informed the minister that the anti-state and blasphemous content had never been shared on TikTok. On the occasion of Pakistan’s National Day and Pakistan Super League, millions of videos were posted on the TikTok app to promote national spirit.

They assured the minister of keeping the spirit continue in future and said the patriotism would be promoted among the youth in connection with the national days.

The delegation comprised of Regional Head APAC Outreach Kerri Woods, Head GR Pakistan Fahad Niazi, Head Public Policy Programs Zara Basharat Higgs and officials of Trust and Safety Pakistan Asma Anjum and Sania Akhtar. | YouTube Channel

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