Pakistan Wants Facebook to Link Accounts with Mobile Numbers to Deal Fake Accounts



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Pakistan has recommended the Facebook authorities to link the accounts with the mobile numbers in order to deal with the fake accounts that are active of Facebook and involved in creating chaos in the country.

Currently users can open the Facebook account using an e-mail, but the mobile numbers are verified via biometric verification system in Pakistan and will provide ease in tackling the fake accounts issue.

Secretary IT Rizwan Bashir said while briefing the National Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication that the fake accounts issue can be dealt easily if Facebook links all existing and current accounts are verified with phone numbers.

The meeting of National Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was chaired by the Captain (Retd) Muhammad Safdar in the chair here on Tuesday.

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On the other hand Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Syed Ismail Shah briefed the committee that they have blocked 12,977 URL accounts containing blasphemous content.

He further told that Facebook has selected the important person in order to communicate  with the PTA for taking action against blasphemous material on social media website.

Facebook was also asked to help out Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in Pakistan by giving them with the obligatory data that they asked for.

In a response Facebook said that they have tackle the issue nearly 70 percent of 1,000 requests   received from Pakistan in 2016. Facebook further added that they will continue to support such requests.

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