Facebook was where Pakistan could debate religion. Now it's a tool to punish 'blasphemers'

Laws that criminalize insulting Islam have led to a death sentence for posts, as activists worry Facebook’s commitment to Pakistanis’ ‘voice’ is mostly lip serviceTaimoor Raza, a 30-year-old Shia Muslim from a “poor but literate” family, was sentenced to death in June by an anti-terrorist court in Pakistan. His crime? Allegedly insulting the prophet Muhammad on Facebook.It occurred during an online debate with a man who turned out to be an undercover counter-terrorism agent. His death sentence, the first to result from a social media posting, is an extreme example of the Pakistani government’s escalating battle to enforce its blasphemy laws, which criminalize insulting Islam. Continue reading...

Facebook refuses Pakistan's ID demands

The government wanted changes to help it track the creators of blasphemous posts.

Mon 17 Jul 17 from BBC Technology

Facebook rebuffs Pakistan request to link accounts to phone numbers

Pakistan has gone to great lengths to track technology users in the name of censorship and security, but it's not going to get very far with Facebook. The social network has turned ...

Sun 16 Jul 17 from Engadget

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