Facebook declines Pakistan's demand to link accounts to phone numbers
The request by the Pakistani administration was intended to bring a check upon facebook postings that are hateful, provocative and blasphemous.
Pakistan government's request to link all Facebook accounts with phone numbers was turned down by the social networking giant terming it as 'improbable'.
The request by the Pakistani administration was intended to keep a check on Facebook postings that are hateful, provocative and blasphemous.
In a report published by the Pakistani newspaper The Dawn, Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said, “Pakistan had suggested that Facebook accounts be linked with users’ mobile phone numbers. However, the management of Facebook believed it was more feasible to sync accounts with email addresses.’’
The move was particularly intended to remove blasphemous content against Islam. Facebook, which has about 33 million users in Pakistan, was earlier banned in the country after offensive content against Prophet Muhammad was published on the site.
Many such hateful posts came from fake Facebook accounts and the country wanted the social media giant to link accounts made on the site to phone numbers just like Whatsapp.Pakistan's Interior Minister had met Joel Kaplan, vice president of Facebook regarding the issue. The company, though concerned about the issue, has made it clear that it won’t change its practice.