Supreme Court hints at YouTube ban: Social media incites people against army, judiciary and government
The Supreme Court, while hearing a case of sectarian violence, took notice of objectionable content on social media and YouTube and hinted at shutting down YouTube in Pakistan.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Mushir Alam on Wednesday heard the bail plea of accused Shaukat Ali in a case of sectarian violence.
According to correspondent Shehzad Malik, during the hearing, during the arguments by the petitioner’s lawyer, when mention was made of alleged promotion of sectarian violence on social media, Justice Qazi Amin, who was present in the bench, remarked that the court’s performance and The people have the right to speak on decisions and they can criticize these decisions while remaining within the realm of civilization. He said that judges are also paid from the taxes of the people.
He said the court had no problem with freedom of expression.
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Justice Qazi Amin remarked that it is now a new tradition that not only judicial decisions are unjustifiably criticized on social media but also the families of judges are not spared on YouTube and social media.
He said that an uncle becomes an uncle on YouTube and judges are embarrassed in the guise of court decisions.
Justice Qazi Amin remarked that people are incited against the army, judiciary and government on social media.
Justice Qazi Amin remarked that the court was showing restraint but it had to end.
Justice Mushir Alam, who presided over the bench, remarked whether the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) had seen what was happening on YouTube.
He asked PTA officials if any practical steps had been taken to regulate YouTube and social media.
The PTA official told the court that his agency could identify any such material but did not have the authority to act on it.
The head of the bench remarked that in many countries YouTube is blocked and in many countries social media is regulated under local laws. He said that the content against the United States and the European Union should be posted on YouTube and then see what action is taken.
The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Foreign Ministry and the Attorney General in this regard.
Reaction on social media
YouTubeban has been trending in Pakistan since this news came.
Everyone becomes an uncle and a mama, ”hints at a ban on YouTube in Pakistan
The Supreme Court took note of the objectionable content on social media and YouTube during a trial and hinted at a ban on YouTube. The news received strong reactions from social media users۔
The court also took note of the presence of objectionable material on social media during a hearing on a case related to sectarian violence. The court issued notices to the Foreign Ministry and the Attorney General.
During the hearing, Justice Qazi Amin remarked that even the families of judges are not forgiven on social media. “The constitution gives us the right to privacy,” he said. Everyone becomes an uncle or a mama on YouTube … People are incited against the judiciary, the army and the government. We made the decision and started commenting on YouTube. “
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Justice Mushir Alam claimed in his remarks that YouTube is banned in many countries. “Put up anti-US and anti-EU content on YouTube,” he said.
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The news has sparked a backlash from social media users in the country over a possible ban on YouTube.
A user named Noman Chaudhry wrote, “The Supreme Court is requested to close the YouTube channel. If it is to be closed, then the army should stop interfering in politics.”
Referring to the closure of YouTube in other countries, journalist Omar Cheema wrote, “My Lord, someone has misrepresented you.”
Many ordinary citizens in Pakistan have also started unique channels on YouTube, which have become their source of income. Pointing to this, a journalist named Junaid Saleem wrote, “Who will give jobs to people who earn money from YouTube who have Vlogs channel? Millions of dollars are improving the economy of Pakistan.
Social media has been instrumental in the popularity of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his political party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. However, the PTA, the country’s regulatory authority, has decided to ban games like PubG as well as popular Chinese social media apps such as Bego Live and Tik Tak during his tenure.
Now hearing the news of a possible ban on YouTube, a user named Syeda Tirmidhi wrote, “I remember the day when Imran Khan met YouTubers because young people are the voice of the nation … and now..”
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A user named Syed Fayyaz Ali also wrote quoting the statement of the government minister, “Asad Umar Sahib had announced that PayPal will arrive in Pakistan in 6 months. A year and a half has passed and Paypal has not come. There is also talk of shutting down YouTube along with gold. “
Reaction of government ministers
Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry wrote that the courts and the PTA should not act as ‘moral police’.
Regarding digital media, Dr. Arsalan Khalid, focal person of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, wrote, “The ban on YouTube in 2012 proved to be disastrous for the industry and partly because of Facebook in Pakistan. Google and Twitter do not have regional offices. There is no question of banning YouTube. “