ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that no one could be allowed to misuse social media hurting religious sentiments and undertaking unlawful activities.

He stated this while talking to Vice President of Facebook Joel Kaplan who called on him here on Friday to discuss removal of blasphemous content on the social networking site.

Federal Minister said the government believes in freedom of expression. He said the entire Muslim Ummah has serious concerns over misuse of social media platforms to propagate blasphemous content. He made it clear that government would not allow anyone to hurt people’s religious sentiments.

“The Interior Ministry is playing a positive role in ensuring proper usage of social media,” he said. “Blasphemous content is hurting the sentiments of the whole Muslim community,” he added.

The Facebook Vice President reiterated to keep the platform safe and promote values that are in congruence to community standards in Pakistan.

He also committed to remove fake accounts, explicit, hateful and provocative material that incites violence and terrorism.

“We are committed to removing fake accounts and hate content from Facebook,” said Kaplan. “There are 33 million Facebook users in Pakistan,” he added. He offered his full cooperation to the Interior Minister in tackling the issue.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also invited Facebook administration to open its office in Pakistan.-Online