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‘How to block fake Facebook accounts before elections’

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Responding to a petition questioning alleged impact of fake social media accounts on the upcoming general elections, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has sought recommendations to regulate such accounts. Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh presided over the case, filed by a citizen Shahid Jamal Tabrezi.

The Judge directed the petitioner to come up with recommendations as to how fake accounts on Facebook can be abolished or blocked.

The petition seeks weeding out of fake accounts in an effort to thwart any designs to influence the upcoming elections. It states the CEO of Facebook testified before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee that fake accounts can influence the 2018 polls in Pakistan.

“The ECP is bound to hold free, fair and transparent general elections in the country”, the petition says and pleads with judges to direct the electoral body and the federal authorities to regulate social media. The official respondents should also be directed to approach the Facebook chief to get fake accounts blocked, it says.

In April, Zukerberg turned up for the joint hearing, saying that 2018 was an extremely important year for elections as several nations were going to polls this year. “2018 is an incredibly important year for elections. Not just with the US midterms, but around the world, there are important elections in India, in Brazil, in Mexico, in Pakistan and in Hungary,” he said.

 

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