Facebook, Meta’s hugely popular social network, wants to open a local office in Pakistan. The company’s representatives are meeting with Humayun Bashir, Director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
During the 3.5-hour meeting between Facebook representative Michael and FIA Director Bashir, they discussed a variety of issues. The Director made it clear that, like other South Asian countries such as India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, Facebook must establish a local office in Pakistan.
He expressed Pakistan’s dissatisfaction with Facebook’s refusal to share data on users who spread hate against Pakistan and its institutions. According to a Facebook official, the company is sharing information concerning child pornography and terrorism with Pakistan’s government.
Moreover, he said they’d be able to share broader information once a local office is established up in Pakistan. According to the official, Facebook will meet with Pakistani officials to discuss opening an office in the country, with the next meeting scheduled for July.
Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry had already urged tech companies such as Facebook to open local offices in Pakistan during the PTI’s tenure. This is due to Pakistan’s new cyber rules, which require social media companies to establish permanent offices and adhere to local laws. The above rules were introduced in Oct. 2021.