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PTA blocks 1.1 million social media and web-links for attacking institutions, spreading hate

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has blocked over 1.1 million URLs (Uniform Resource Locators), web-links involved in targeting institutions and spreading hate in Pakistan.

The telecom regulatory said that it processed around 1.2 million URLs for blocking which were then sent to the social media platforms concerned for further action. The PTA had received complaints about some of them while others were detected by the authority itself.

Of these, 1,135,814 have been blocked while PTA marked 878,300 links (around 78% of the total URLs blocked) as others/miscellaneous.

Around 113,000 Facebook links have been blocked as part of the campaign followed by 63,632 TikTok accounts.

A total of 36,138 YouTube links have been blocked while the number of Twitter links blocked is 31,870.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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