ECP bans social media, YouTube in its offices across country

Published: April 4, 2017

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued on Tuesday a notification banning the use of social media websites and YouTube in its offices across the country.

Following the order, websites, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, will be blocked at ECP’s national secretariat in Islamabad, as well as its provincial offices.

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ECP Deputy Director Syed A Rahman Zafar, in a letter sent to the provincial election commissioners of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, claimed blocking social media and video streaming sites on ECP networks “will minmise malware attacks and “ensure the discipline of using electronic resources up to the optimum level”.

“…the Competent Authority has directed to block social media websites (ie Youtube, Facebook, Twitter etc) on all networks of ECP secretariat as well as PEC offices, including field offices with immediate effect,” the letter read.

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The provincial election commissioners were directed to ensure orders are followed and the websites are blocked immediately with the help of provincial general managers of PTCL and National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC).

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Andrew
    Apr 4, 2017 - 10:45AM

    As if that is going to stop people from viewing things on Social Media and YouTube? Recommend

  • Usman786
    Apr 4, 2017 - 12:37PM

    good. all govt offices should follow suit incl Sind assembly so that people do some work tooRecommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Apr 4, 2017 - 1:27PM

    ECP now the biggest consumer of anonymous web proxies.Recommend

  • Atif
    Apr 4, 2017 - 1:58PM

    people like you always post negative comments. Workplace is for work not for viewing social media sites.Recommend

  • kismet
    Apr 4, 2017 - 1:59PM

    Banning youtube will save them bandwidth. However banning all these sites won’t help them with malware attacks at all. The reason is that the content on these reputable social media sites is heavily monitored and any malware uploaded there is quickly discovered and removed. If you block these sites it is more likely that your users will go to less reputable sites and get infected that way.

    It would be better if they focused on securing their computer systems. Start by removing the flash and java plugins.Recommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    Apr 4, 2017 - 3:03PM

    What ! ECP staff can’t watch those kind of videos at home. Recommend

  • IsthisANews?
    Apr 4, 2017 - 3:18PM

    Why is this a news?Recommend

  • JKhan
    Apr 5, 2017 - 9:16AM

    This most foolish act thoroughly reveals the most ignorant body in the country.Recommend

  • concernedcitizen
    Jul 10, 2017 - 1:52PM

    abnoxious step taken by ECP. why would you stop these sites for your emplyees. This will reduce their productivity levels and add stress to their working enviroment. why use the word Ban first of all. These sites are the learning tools for the 21st century. Why cant the oldies get that through their heads. Enough with the narrow mindness. Malware, I mean you are blamming malware for this ridiculous step. The amount of resources spent on stopping these sites can be used to upgarde your maleware protection capabilities. Recommend

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