December 16, 2018

Facebook delegation calls on Prime Minister Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Facebook delegation called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Tuesday.

According to a Press release issued from the Prime Minister’s office, the Facebook delegation led by Vice President of Public Policy Simon Milner met Mr. Khan at Prime Minister Office. “Special Assistants to the Prime Minister Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Mr. Iftikhar Durrani and senior officials were present during the meeting,” according to the Press release.

During the meeting, PM Khan asked Facebook to put in place “a robust mechanism to effectively check misuse of social media in spreading fake news, violence and hate content.” He noted that Facebook, with its huge subscriber base, can play an important role “towards checking negative attempts that threaten our society and social values.”

During the meeting, PM Khan appreciated Facebook’s role in building online communities and also acknowledged their efforts in raising awareness among public on critical issues.

PM Imran also noted that “there exists huge potential for the organization for developing online communities within Pakistan in the field of social services, especially in promotion of community health services and raising health awareness campaigns in remote areas of the country.”

Meanwhile, Facebook VP Simon Milner shared with PM Khan Facebook’s various initiatives to create online communities, reaching out to remote communities, facilitating access to health services, garnering community responses towards disaster management and checking the misuse of social media.

The meeting comes a day after the Facebook delegation met Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari. The issue of “Fake News” also came under discussion during their meeting with Dr.Mazari.

PM constitutes Task force on Technology:

Prime Minister Imran Khan has also approved in principle the constitution of a “Task Force on Technology Driven Economy.”

The decision was made during the PM’s meeting with Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman at Prime Minister office.

According to official press release from the PM office: “The Task Force is being established with an aim to carry out Foresight exercises at regular intervals in order to constantly re-evaluate national priorities and put in place strategies and action plans, with delineated timelines, to build a powerful knowledge economy.”

According to the Press release, the task force will comprise of leading scientists/engineers, representatives from private sector, federal and provincial governments.

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