PTA blocks 824,878 URLs for unlawful content under PECA

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) received complaints against unlawful online content and has so far blocked around 824,878 URLs under Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA).

PTA blocks 824,878 URLs for unlawful content under PECA

The unlawful online content including anti-state, anti-judiciary, blasphemy etc. and to handle this gigantic role, has established Cyber Vigilance Division (CVD).

Confer to PTA’s annual report 2018, a Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) for accommodating complaints and their dumping has been developed accordingly and all such contents which are hosted on unsecured websites is being currently handled through telecom operators of Pakistan and same would be done by PTA itself.

The admired social media websites like facebook, youtube and twitter etc. are a few examples of secured websites which are hosted outside of physical boundaries of Pakistan.

PTA urbanized close communications with all such platforms to honor requests made for removal of such content. It is relevant to mention that users of social media must act responsibly while using and accessing such platforms and should honor norms of society and laws of the land.

PTA has been performing acts under functions and powers given by Pakistan Telecom (Re-organization) Act, 1996. Yet, with the development and enlargement of World Wide Web (www), PTA has the custody upon responsibilities for blocking and removing of any content affirmed unlawful under pertinent provisions of law.

PTA was handed over the accountability under Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), 2016. Since the dissemination of PECA, PTA stands committed to its responsibilities to facilitate distressed internet users and stakeholders.

Addressed complaints directly to PTA at