Mazari raises fake news issue in meeting with Facebook team

By APP
Published: December 4, 2018
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Facebook team with Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari. PHOTO: PID

Facebook team with Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Monday said the government was taking steps for capacity building of modern technology teams aiming to quickly resolve citizens’ problems by using online tools.

She said this during a meeting with Facebook Delegation – including VP of APAC Public Policy for Facebook Simon Milner, accompanied by Head of Public Policy for Facebook Pakistan Sarim Aziz, and Public Policy Manager for Facebook Pakistan Sehar Tariq and Digital Media specialist Imran Ghazali, a press release said.

Dr Mazari told the Facebook team about various initiatives taken by the ministry to address human rights issues. She said the ministry has a 24/7 helpline that caters to human rights reports from across Pakistan and provides free legal counseling to the Pakistani citizens.

She also mentioned the Women Inheritance Rights Law, Transgender Rights Law, Zainab Alert Act, 2018 and other awareness campaigns the ministry is working on to address human rights issues.

Milner offered full support to the ministry’s initiatives and said Facebook will help the government, civil society and NGOs in Pakistan raise awareness about human rights issues.

The minister also discussed the issue of fake news, and Facebook outlined the work it has undertaken to fight false news through a combination of technology, including removing fake accounts, partnering with fact-checkers, and promoting news literacy in Pakistan

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