The Meta delegation visited the Ministry of IT and Telecom (MoITT), where several discussion sessions were held between representatives of different federal ministries and departments.
The delegation included the Head of Policy for Meta Pakistan, Sarim Aziz and other members.
According to sources in MoITT, the national social media working group organized several discussion sessions of Meta officials with different ministries and departments. The delegation of three to four members was physically present, while representatives from various Meta departments met online. According to sources, representatives of the Ministry of IT, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce, FBR and PTA participated in several group-level discussions on connectivity, content monetization, regulation, business and other topics.
Sources told Webeysthat the Ministry of IT and PTA raised the issue of non-monetization of Pakistani content and urged the Meta delegation to develop a policy to monetize Pakistani content. Ministry officials said Pakistan is a market with 60 million subscribers, and Meta should take steps to facilitate these users. The delegation assured the Pakistani authorities that Meta is working on this and will share an action plan within 7 to 10 days.
The National Social Media Working Group welcomed Meta’s investment in connectivity and said the government of Pakistan and various departments would facilitate Meta in this regard. Issues related to content blocking at the request of MoITT and PTA were also raised. It was agreed that PTA and MoITT would develop an action plan to highlight the shortcomings in this process, and Meta will work to facilitate the process.
The Pakistani authorities also highlighted the problems of blocking Pakistani national ID cards and raising their voices for Kashmiris. According to sources, Meta also raised the issue of a strict regulatory framework and new rules for social media. The Pakistani authorities have asked the company to make investments and create business activities in Pakistan, and the Pakistani authorities will facilitate the social media giant.
The Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security, Dr Moheed Yousaf, the Prime Minister’s Contact for Digital Media, Dr Arslan Khalid, MoITT Secretary, Sohail Rajpoot, Ministry of Commerce, Foreign Affairs, PTA and representatives of other departments took part in the meetings. The National Social Media Working Group and Meta agreed to continue the discussion process.
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