PTA issues notices to Google, Wikipedia over sacrilegious content
Islamabad (TP) December 25, 2020: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)on Friday issues notices to American multinational technology company Google Inc and free online encyclopedia Wikipedia on account of disseminating sacrilegious content through the platforms.
“The PTA has been receiving complaints regarding misleading search results associated with ‘Present Khalifa of Islam’ and unauthentic version of Holy Quran uploaded by Ahmadiyya Community on Google Play Store,” the regulatory authority said in a statement on Friday.
“Being a matter of very serious nature, the 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 & Safeguard) Rules 2020 (Rules) to remove the sacrilegious content to avoid any legal action by the Regulator,” the statement said.
According to the PTA, complaints were also received regarding hosting of caricatures of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and dissemination of misleading, wrong, deceptive and deceitful information through articles published on Wikipedia portraying Mirza Masroor Ahmad as a Muslim.
It said that “after extensive communication on the matter, Wikipedia has been finally served with the notice to remove the sacrilegious content to avoid any legal action. In case the platforms remain non-compliant, the PTA shall be constrained to initiate further action under Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (PECA) and Rules 2020,” the statement said.