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Government Seeks Stakeholder Input on Proposed Social Media Regulatory Authority

The federal government has initiated consultations concerning its proposal to establish a regulatory authority for social media, according to the reports.

These sources indicate that a special committee of the cabinet has reached out to media outlets and stakeholders to gather input on the proposed PECA Amendment Bill 2024 and the creation of this authority. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in the recent federal cabinet meeting, formed a committee tasked with conducting these consultations.

According to the sources, the regulatory authority will offer guidance to the government on matters concerning digital rights, the responsible use of the internet, and ensuring compliance with regulations. The committee is set to delve into issues related to overseeing online content by this proposed authority. Furthermore, discussions during the consultative meeting will cover the procedures for investigating violations of social media laws and the summoning of individuals implicated in these violations.

The government’s rationale behind this bill is to safeguard citizens’ privacy in their personal lives from the challenges posed by social media. The proposed PECA Amendment Bill 2024 is slated to be presented in parliament.

The envisioned regulatory authority aims to provide a framework for addressing the evolving landscape of social media, with a focus on protecting users’ rights and maintaining order in the digital sphere. By engaging media houses and stakeholders in the consultation process, the government seeks to ensure that the proposed legislation is comprehensive and addresses the concerns of all relevant parties.

Key areas of discussion during the consultations include the authority’s mandate, its powers to regulate online content, and the mechanisms for enforcing social media laws. Additionally, the committee will explore ways to balance freedom of expression with the need to curb harmful content and protect citizens’ privacy.

Overall, the government views the establishment of this regulatory authority as a crucial step in adapting to the challenges posed by the digital age and ensuring a safe and responsible online environment for all users.

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