Lahore, July 15: Facebook has disabled the numerous accounts and pages of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s political party Islamist Milli Muslim League (MML) ahead of the general election in Pakistan on July 25.Also Read - Facebook Launches 2 New Portal Video Calling Devices, Users Can Pre-order Products on Official Website
Reportedly, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has not recognised the MML as a political party. Moreover, the US placed the MML on its list of foreign terror organisations for its links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group, which carried the Mumbai terror attack, in April this year. Also Read - WhatsApp Update: New Feature Will Allow Users To Report Selective Messages | Check Details
Speaking about removing accounts and pages of MML party, Facebook Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg said it was his priority to make sure that his social networking website prevented interference in the upcoming elections in Pakistan, India, Brazil, Mexico and other countries. Also Read - Facebook India Appoints Former IAS officer Rajiv Aggarwal as Head of Public Policy
Prior to this, Zuckerberg had also said that after identification of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook has successfully deployed new Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools that removed tens of thousands of fake accounts.
According to a media report, Facebook officials contacted the ECP and offered help to local authorities in identifying and removing fake pages of different political parties ahead of the July 25 general election.
MML party leaders too expressed their displeasure on Facebook removing their accounts and pages without any reason. MML spokesperson Tabish Qayyum told journalists that Facebook has removed numerous accounts of their election candidates and workers without giving any reason.
He added that Facebook’s act is a gross violation of its own policy and sanction on freedom of expression. Qayyum added, “All political parties are using social media to spread their message. Voters are being attracted by posters and video messages but the MML has been denied this facility without any reason?”
For the unversed, after the ECP denied recognition to the MML, JuD chief Saeed announced that nearly 200 candidates of his party would contest the polls under the banner of a little-known party, the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek (AAT), which is already registered with the election commission.
With inputs from PTI.