Pakistan to ban govt employees from using Facebook, WhatsApp

Government employees spent a lot of their office time on social websites, and even conduct part-time business on them.

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  • Government employees will not be able to use WhatsApp, for which an alternative is being introduced.
  • WhatsApp-styled controlled service will be introduced for government offices to streamline communications.

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The federal government has planned to restrict social media, in which the first step will be banning government employees from using social media apps like Facebook, WhatsApp.

WhatsApp style controlled service

According to sources, government employees will not be able to use WhatsApp. As an alternative, a which WhatsApp-styled controlled service will be introduced.

As per media reports, the technology board told the standing committee;

“Government employees spent a lot of their office time on social websites, and even conduct part-time business on them”.

Moreover, with the WhatsApp-styled controlled service, officials or employees will not be able to do any part-time business on social media, said the IT board officials in the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology.

Furthermore, in the briefing, concerns regarding data theft were also discussed. Recently, a series of leaked notifications from government offices have ignited anger in power circles.

IT board officials further said that the proposal to ban the use of Facebook, YouTube and USB in offices is also under consideration.

Security Concerns

The government is planning to ban social media apps over security concerns. When it comes to the protection of sensitive information saved in people’s mobile phones, this ban is expected to be an effective remedy. These apps have access to the user’s personal and potentially confidential information.

 


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