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Pakistan prepares crackdown on hate speech in social media

AFP

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani authorities Wednesday (February 13) vowed to carry out a "massive" crackdown targeting hate speech and extremism on social media, as a minister boasted arrests have already been made.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced the government was setting up a new enforcement arm to regulate social media during a speech in the capital Islamabad.

"We made some arrests last week, and by the will of Allah we are launching a massive crackdown against social media users spreading hate speech and violence," he said.

"Our problem is that digital media is over taking formal media so it is important for us to regulate this," Chaudhry added. "Informal media is a greater problem than formal media."

It is necessary to "monitor social media, trace fake accounts" and prosecute those who break the law, Chaudhry said, according to Dawn.

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