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Facebook Blocked 25 Pages on Request of PTA during 2016

Facebook has a proper policy for blocking pages on requests of the governments. It is easy for blocking Facebook pages by sending blocking requests to Facebook. However, Facebook also follows the instructions of governments in case of immediate blocking of any page after fulfilling the procedure.

According to Facebook, it responds to the valid requests of global governments relating to criminal cases only. The requests forwarded by the governments are first checked by the FB for legal sufficiency, and it then rejects or requires greater specific on requests that are overly broad or vague.

It worth to mention here that Facebook publish the semiannual reports. The reports we are discussing relating to January 2016 to June 2016.

Here is the Pakistan Requests for Data

Request Type Total Requests Users/Accounts Requested Percentage of Requests Where Some Data Produced
Legal Process 712 1,015 65.45%
Emergency 7 14 28.57%
Total 719 1,029 65.09%

Pakistan Preservation Requests


After getting requests from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on behalf of Government of Pakistan, Facebook takes steps to preserve account records in connection with official criminal investigations for ninety days pending its receipt of formal legal process.

Preservation Requests Users/Accounts Requested
280 363

According to Facebook, “Based on legal requests from the Pakistan Telecom Authority, we restricted access to content for allegedly violating local laws prohibiting blasphemy, desecration of the national flag, and condemnation of the country’s independence.”

Number of Pages Blocked by Facebook

25

However, Facebook did not publish the list of pages it has blocked on the requests of Government of Pakistan.

View the Government Requests Report

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