IHC takes up plea challenging Nov 25 social media blackout

ISLAMABAD (Sarzameen News)- Islamabad High Court (IHC) has taken up a petition on Tuesday against social media shutdown on November 25, 2017 during protests by religious groups in Faizabad of capital city Islamabad, Digital Rights Monitor reported.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were shut down on November 25 and the high court has summoned a reply from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in the case.

The petition is filed by Media Matters for Democracy, a platform for digital rights working in Pakistan.

Some three months ago, the platform had filed a plea with PTA seeking the authority to bring to light the order dispatched by the federal government to take down the social media last month.

The report states that a legal notice was served to PTA earlier, some two months ago, over social media blackout for alleged maintenance of law and order.

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