Pakistan wants Facebook, Twitter to help it combat blasphemy

Pakistan said Thursday it has asked Facebook and Twitter to help it identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so that it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition.

Under Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, anyone found to have insulted Islam or the Prophet Muhammad can be sentenced to death.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said an official in Pakistan's Washington embassy has approached the two social media companies in an effort to identify Pakistanis, either within the country or abroad, who recently shared material deemed offensive to Islam.

He said Pakistani authorities have identified 11 people for questioning over alleged blasphemy and would seek the extradition of anyone living abroad.

Facebook said it reviews all government requests carefully, "with the goal of protecting the privacy and rights of our users."

"We disclose information about accounts solely in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law. A Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty or other formal request may be required for international requests, and we include these in our Government Requests Report," which is publicized each year, it said in a statement.

Twitter declined to comment.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Trump omits climate change in Earth Day speech, praises ‘rigorous science & economic growth’

Trump omits climate change in Earth Day speech, praises ‘rigorous science & economic growth’..

23-Apr, 12:49

President Trump omitted climate change from his Earth day speech, while...

Pope Francis: Europe migrant centres 'concentration camps'

Pope Francis: Europe migrant centres 'concentration camps'..

23-Apr, 08:16

Pope Francis has described some of Europe's holding centres for migrants...

Set me free

Set me free..

23-Apr, 00:51

"Sorry, I'm chewing gum," says Ray Davies five minutes into our...

Stephanie Davis hints she's back on with Jeremy McConnell in emotional post as he seeks help in rehab: 'Caben needs his daddy'

Stephanie Davis hints she's back on with Jeremy McConnell in emotional post as he seeks help..

23-Apr, 07:24

Former Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis took to Twitter to share an...

High pollen counts reported as mild weather kickstarts allergy season

High pollen counts reported as mild weather kickstarts allergy season..

21-Feb, 18:12

Forget that the calendar says it's still winter, allergy season is...

Still Loving You Episode 60

Still Loving You Episode 60..

20-Feb, 11:02

The following Still Loving You Episode 60 English Sub has been released....

Elections, Anyone? 1 Dutch Poll, 81 Parties Makes It Busy

Elections, Anyone? 1 Dutch Poll, 81 Parties Makes It Busy..

30-Jan, 04:50

It is crunch time for the 81 parties that registered to take part in the...

China's economy gains steam; 1Q growth fastest since 2015

China's economy gains steam; 1Q growth fastest since 2015..

17-Apr, 02:42

China's economic recovery is gaining traction, with growth rising to its...