Observing objectionable and obscene content on social media, especially on YouTube, the Supreme Court of Pakistan suggested shutting down the video sharing platform in the country.
While hearing a demand for bail from an accused, Shaukat, arrested on charges of sectarianism, Judge Qazi Amin said social media has become a place to denigrate and insult state institutions. He noted that several social media platforms, such as Twitter and YouTube, are full of hateful content.
Even our families are not spared.
He asked whether the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) were aware of what is happening on YouTube.
He said the judiciary had no problems with criticism of its verdicts, as it was a constitutional right of the public, and the judiciary manages public money.
However, our private lives are also protected by the constitution, and no one has a right to slander our families for decisions we made in courts.
He questioned why the FIA or PTA failed to take action against these YouTubers. To which PTA officials said they could not ban or remove individual content, only it can be reported to YouTube authorities.
Judge Mushir Alam noted that YouTube has been banned in several countries around the world, while in Europe and the USA it is controlled according to local laws.
Try uploading content against America, Israel or European Union
He said the Apex Court was showing restraint by not taking any severe action against these content creators. However, if the authorities do not resolve the matter, the court may order a ban on the streaming video site.
Justice Qazi Amin said that social media is being used to provoke masses against the country’s army, government, and the judiciary.
How many people who were involved in such activities faced action?
Seeking a response in this regard, the Top Court issued summons to the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) and officials of the Foreign Ministry for the next hearing.