December 16, 2018

Facebook delegation calls on Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights

ISLAMABAD: Facebook officials met with Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr.Shireen Mazari here on Monday.

According to the official twitter account of Federal Ministry of Human Rights, Human Rights Minister Dr. Shireen Mazari met the Facebook team to “highlight #HumanRights issues”.

The Facebook delegation that met the Human Rights Minister included Facebook’s Vice President (Public Policy) for Asia Pacific region Mr. Simon Milner, Head of Public Policy for Pakistan Sarim Aziz, Public Policy Manager (Pakistan) Sehar Tariq and Digital Media Specialist Imran Ghazali.

According to the official twitter account of Ministry of Human Rights, Dr. Mazari shared with the delegation various initiatives undertaken by the Ministry including 24/7 helpline to cater to human rights reports from Pakistan and free legal aid service for Pakistanis.

During the meeting, Dr. Shireen Mazari said that the government was taking steps to build the capacity of teams so that  online tools could be used to quickly resolve the citizens’ problems. She also shared the various human rights campaigns that her Ministry was undertaking.

According to the official twitter handle, during the discussion, the issue of “#FakeNews ” was also discussed  without elaborating further what concerns were highlighted around disinformation.

On the other, the official twitter handle noted that the Facebook VP offered “full support” to the Ministry’s initiatives and committed to work with government and civil society to raise awareness on human rights issues.

On disinformation, it noted:”Facebook outlined the work it has undertaken to fight false news through a combination of technology, including removing fake accounts, partnering with fact-checkers, and promoting news literacy in Pakistan.”

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Talal Raza is a Program Manager at Media Matters for Democracy. He has worked with renowned media organizations and NGOs including Geo News, The Nation, United States Institute of Peace and Privacy International.

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