Global Internet companies such as Facebook, Google and twitter have joined forces to threaten to leave Pakistan after Pakistan granted local regulators full authority to censor digital content. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Imran Khan granted the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) the power to delete and block digital content that “harms, intimidates, or inflames” the government or otherwise damages “the integrity, security and defense of Pakistan.”. < / P > < p > through an organization called the Asian Internet Alliance (AIC), the technology companies said they were “shocked” by the scope of Pakistan’s new laws for Internet companies. In addition to Facebook, Google and twitter, AIC represents apple, Amazon, LinkedIn, sap, Expedia group, Yahoo, airbnb, grab, Rakuten, line and cloudflare. < / P > < p > this is not the first time these tech giants have publicly expressed their concerns about the new law, which was proposed by Imran Khan in February this year. After Pakistan’s government’s proposal earlier this year, the group threatened to leave, prompting the country to retreat and promising extensive and extensive consultations with civil society and technology companies. The AIC said in a statement on Thursday that such consultations never took place, reiterating that its members would not be able to operate in the country under the law. < / P > < p > “stringent data localization requirements will undermine people’s ability to access the free and open Internet and isolate Pakistan’s digital economy from the rest of the world. It’s chilling to see PTA’s power expand, allowing them to force social media companies to violate established norms of privacy and human rights. ” The group said in a statement. < / P > < p > “this rule will make it very difficult for AIC members to provide services to users and businesses in Pakistan. If Pakistan wants to be an attractive destination for technology investment and achieve its goal of digital transformation, we urge the government to work with the industry to develop practical and clear rules to protect the interests of the Internet and protect people from harm. ” < / P > < p > under the new law, technology companies that fail to delete or block illegal content on their platforms within 24 hours of notification from the Pakistani authorities will also face a maximum fine of $3.14 million. And it’s similar to India’s, but it’s not. Pakistan now also requires these companies to set up local offices. The new rules come as Pakistan has cracked down on what it considers to be inappropriate content on the Internet in recent months. Earlier this year, Pakistan announced that it would temporarily suspend operations in its territory, and last month it temporarily blocked tiktok. < / P > < p > countries such as Pakistan and India have little contribution to the bottom line of technology companies. However, India has introduced several protectionist laws in recent years, but due to its size, India has not received any major protests from global technology companies. Pakistan has about 75 million Internet users. By contrast, India is the largest market for Google and Facebook in terms of number of users. “Silicon Valley companies like to come to India because it’s a one month active user farm.” In 2018, senior entrepreneur Kunal Shah said at a conference. After 12 years, “world class Super project” Shantou Bay Tunnel ushers in a historic breakthrough today

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