Facebook released its transparency report on May 12 and the report stated that of the 15,826 content restrictions made by Facebook globally during July-December 2019, Russia, Pakistan and Mexico accounted for almost half of global content restrictions.
The request made by Pakistan for removal of content stood at the second highest with Facebook restricting 2,300 items in the second half of 2019 within Pakistan. Russia took over Pakistan with 2,900 pieces removed.
The transparency report of Facebook for the first half of the 2019, placed Pakistan at the first place with the highest volume of content restriction request, averaging to 31 per cent. Facebook also clarified that none of the items were removed by Facebook for violating the company’s content policies but under Pakistan’s cybercrime law.
Facebook stated, “We restricted access in Pakistan to items reported by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority as allegedly violating local laws prohibiting advocacy against the polio vaccine, blasphemy, anti-judiciary content, proscribed organisations supporting separatism, defamation, and condemnation of the country’s independence.”