PTA issues notices to Google, Wikipedia For promoting sacrilegious content


The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued notices to the tech giant Google Inc. and Wikipedia on account of disseminating sacrilegious content through the platforms.

In a press release, PTA said that it was acting against Google after 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 PTA said that it has approached Google with the directives “to immediately remove the unlawful content” as it was a matter of a very serious nature.

The platform has been issued with the notice under Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguard) Rules 2020 (“Rules”) to remove the sacrilegious content to avoid any legal action by the regulator,” the statement read.

The PTA also said that it had received complaints against Wikipedia for “hosting of caricatures of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and dissemination of misleading, wrong, deceptive and deceitful information through articles portraying Mirza Masroor Ahmad as a Muslim.

The PTA said that they have served Wikipedia with a notice after “extensive communication” to remove the sacrilegious content to avoid any legal action.


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