In the recent years, Pakistan has become the target of highly destructive terrorism, with it getting its roots in almost every part of the country or the other way around. Due to this internet extremism and hate speech is also increasing. Be it the comments on social platforms or the highly impulsive threads on discussion platforms. To counter this extremism online, the Pakistani government has now launched an app named ‘SURFSAFE’ which will enable people to report websites that publish extremist content or hate speech.
SURFSAFE, developed by National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), is a part of the national action plan. However, in the sight of social media experts, controlling the access of terrorists on the internet is a difficult task now as most militant networks have become more tech-savvy over the time.
“Strict enforcement of cybercrime laws is absolutely necessary to overcome this massive challenge of online extremism. Surfsafe is a step in that direction. Through this programme [application], we will create awareness and block online materials involved in provoking extremism in any capacity.” Says Ehsan Ghani director of NACTA.
Initially, this is a good step anyhow, the critics believe that unless the government stops terrorist group activities on the ground, shutting them up on the internet won’t be really fruitful.
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