ISLAMABAD : The Supreme Court on Wednesday took notice of objectionable contents on YouTube and other social media platforms and issued notices to the Foreign Ministry and the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP). The apex court was hearing a case against suspect Shaukat Ali pertaining to a sectarian crime when the topic came under discussion. The court noted that such forums are rife with contents that incite hate against Pakistan’s institutions. During the hearing, Justice Qazi Ameen said that the public, through YouTube videos, is being instigated against the army, judiciary, and the government.
“Was action taken against those who committed this crime?” said the judge, asking further if the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) have noticed the content that is being uploaded on YouTube. “On YouTube and social media, even our families are not being spared (from criticism),” said Justice Ameen.
“We gave a verdict yesterday and today it was there on YouTube,” said Justice Qazi, adding that everyone acts like an expert on social media. He continued that the public can speak regarding the judges’ performance and decisions, stating that they do not have an issue with freedom of speech. To this, the PTA officials told the bench that the authority cannot remove contents posted by individuals, rather, they can only report these. “In several countries, YouTube has been banned,” observed Justice Alam, adding that in those countries, social media platforms are controlled by local laws. A few days ago, the Supreme Court had issued a contempt notice to a cleric who threatened a senior judge in a video that went viral on social media.