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Govt to ban social networking websites in govt offices

21 November, 2019

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The Information Technology board has recommended that the government ban social networking websites such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube in government offices.

In a briefing to a standing committee of the National Assembly, the board also advised that a separate authority be set up to combat the spread of fake news across the country.  According to reports, the technology board told the standing committee that government employees spent a lot of their office time on social websites and even conducts part time business on them.

Govt.  App will replace the use of third party services such as WhatsApp or Messenger after its development for Government Employees. The move was finalized during a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In order to stop this practice, the committee was informed that a new local social network, modeled on WhatsApp, would be introduced into government offices to streamline communications.  In an era of escalating data leaks around the world, the government of Pakistan has decided to create a dedicated app for all of their official communication. It is going to be called “Govt App”, according to reports.

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