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China shuts thousands of websites in clean-up campaign

SHANGHAI: China has shut down more than 4,000 websites and online accounts in a three-month campaign against “harmful” online information, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, citing the country’s illegal publication watchdog. China keeps the internet under tight control and has been cracking down on a range of illegal online activities including pornography, gambling, religious proselytizing and even “spreading rumors”. In a campaign that started in May, the authorities tackled 120 violations and ordered…

6,149 websites blocked in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A total of 6,149 websites have been blocked last year by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on recommendation of Web Evaluation Cell (WEC) established by Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony. Web Evaluation Cell (WEC) has been assigned to scrutinize websites promoting sectarianism and containing objection-able materials. WEC has so far evaluated as many as 46,200 websites. Out of which the complaints of 15,481 were sent to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). And as a…

Google not obligated to check websites for defamatory content, German court rules

FRANKFURT: Google is not obligated to ensure websites are free from defamatory content before displaying links to them in search results, Germany’s highest court ruled on Tuesday. The case, which comes in the context of debate about the so-called “right to be forgotten”, had been brought by two individuals seeking Google to prevent its search engine from displaying links to websites on which they were verbally attacked by other internet users. They wanted Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, to set up search filters to keep…

US, UK government, thousand other websites infected with crypto-mining malware

Thousands of websites, including ones run by US and UK government agencies, were infected for several hours on Sunday with code that causes web browsers to secretly mine digital currencies, technology news site The Register reported. More than 4,200 sites were infected with a malicious version of a widely used tool known as Browsealoud from British software maker Texthelp, which reads out webpages for people with vision problems, according to The Register. The news comes amid a surge in cyber attacks using software…

China closes more than 13,000 websites for ‘breaking rules’

BEIJING: China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday. The government has stepped up already tight controls over the internet since President Xi Jinping took power five years ago, in what critics say is an effort to restrict freedom of speech and prevent criticism of the ruling Communist Party. The government says all countries regulate…

After TV channels, govt restores all social media websites

ISLAMABAD: A government regulatory authority, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Sunday night restored all social media websites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. A notification to this effect issued by the telecommunication authority said. The social media websites were closed by the PTA after operation was launched against the protestors at Faizabad Interchange. Read More: PEMRA orders restoration of news channels Earlier, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Sunday…

CPLC launches separate websites to identify unclaimed bodies, stolen cellphones

KARACHI: The Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) has launched two websites for identification of unclaimed bodies and verification of snatched or stolen cell phone. An official of the CPLC said the information about the identification of unclaimed bodies will be available on shanakht.cplc.org.pk, Radio Pakistan reported. The website has been launched in collaboration with EDHI Foundation, CHIPA Welfare Association, National Database & Registration Authority. Meanwhile, the snatched and stolen cell phones…

Over 500 websites blocked for containing objectionable content: Yousuf

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf on Thursday said that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) should be given clearance to block websites containing blasphemous contents. “The ministry received 8,670 letters as complaints against the appearance of blasphemous contents on the social media,” he said while addressing a news conference in Islamabad. He said that PTA was accordingly informed about this. Read More: Blasphemous content: Court resents IT Ministry…

PTA blocks over 900 URLs, 10 websites of proscribed organizations

ISLAMABAD: Under the National Action Plan (NAP), 937 uniform resource locators and 10 websites of banned organizations have been blocked in the country. Uniform resource locator (URL) is the address of a web page on the world wide web (www). According to the data provided by the ministry of interior, law enforcement agencies have registered 17,562 cases and nabbed 19,289 persons to counter hate speech, extremist literature and misuse of loudspeaker. Similarly, regarding registration and regulation of Madaris, the…