Pakistan to ban apps made by religious minorities

    12-Feb-2021
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Pakistan Government used its anti-blasphemy law to ban applications made by the country's religious minorities. The decision was taken by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). It is also one of the first examples in which the Government used anti-blasphemy rules to force international tech companies to censor content.
 
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According to the PTA's press release, Pakistan sent takedown notices for Ahmadi content to Google and Wikipedia on Dec. 25, 2020, and after two days, Google took one of the apps down.
 
The PTA also ordered shut a US-based Ahmadi site, TrueIslam.com, threatening its administrators with criminal charges that carry a $3 million fine. The decision may not be enforceable, since the people who run the site do not live in Pakistan. But they may face charges if they travel there.
 
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