PTA Issues Notice to Google and Wikipedia on Publishing Misleading Information

After receiving tons of complaints on misleading information, PTA issued notices to Google and Wikipedia to remove unauthentic information.

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Recently, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued a notice to Google and Wikipedia for showing misleading content about the present Khalifa of Islam. According to the searches on these platforms, the current leader of the Ahmadiyya community is the ‘present khalifa of Islam’.

Not only this, but the PTA has also asked the platforms to remove the unauthentic version of the Holy Quran on Google Play Store, published by the Ahmadiyya community.

Under the notice, the PTA has asked the two search engines (Google and Wikipedia) to comply with authentic information from trustable sources. A paragraph from PTA’s recent notice read:

The platform has been issued the notice under the Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguard) Rules 2020 to remove sacrilegious content to avoid any legal action by the regulator.

PTA took the initiate after receiving several complaints about misleading information and further researched to found it correct.

In the notice, PTA further mentioned:

After extensive communication on the matter, Wikipedia has been finally served with the notice to remove the sacrilegious content to avoid any legal action,

The PTA has clearly informed the two search engines that if no relevant action is taken, the authority will have to initiate further action under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (PECA) and Rules 2020.

PTA shared the notice to Google and Wikipedia using their Twitter handle from where everyone could access the complete notice sent to the two search engines.

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