Pakistan: Senate Contemplates Social Media Ban Amidst Controversy

Pakistan: Senate Contemplates Social Media Ban
Pakistan: Senate Contemplates Social Media Ban
Pakistan: Senate Contemplates Social Media Ban
Pakistan: Senate Contemplates Social Media Ban

Pakistan: Senate Contemplates Social Media Ban Amidst Controversy

Pakistan: Senate Contemplates Social Media Ban Amidst Controversy

Pakistan: Senate Contemplates Social Media Ban Amidst Controversy

A resolution, spearheaded by former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) member Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi, advocating for the prohibition of major social media platforms has stirred controversy. The resolution, set to be discussed in the upcoming Senate meeting on March 4, proposes a ban on prominent platforms such as Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter (referred to as X), citing concerns about their perceived negative impact on the youth.

Resolution’s Concerns and Criticism

Senator Tangi’s resolution underscores worries about social media’s adverse effects on the younger generation, raising issues related to the promotion of values conflicting with religious and cultural norms. It also expresses concerns about the platforms being used for negative propaganda against Pakistan’s armed forces and the dissemination of fake news to manipulate public opinion. However, the resolution has faced criticism from citizens, leading to Tangi’s expulsion from the PPP.

Party Response and Disassociation

The PPP clarified that Tangi’s actions and the resolution did not represent the party’s stance. Bakhtawar Bhutto, daughter of PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, emphasized that Tangi’s expulsion preceded the resolution. The party’s response aimed to address misconceptions about Tangi’s affiliation with the PPP, highlighting its position on his expulsion and the resolution he proposed.

Complexities of Social Media Regulation and Internal Party Discipline

The unfolding events surrounding the resolution bring attention to the complexities of regulating social media platforms and the divergent perspectives on their societal impact. The controversy also illuminates the challenges political parties face in maintaining internal discipline and navigating differing opinions among their members.

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