NSMCWG Meeting


Pledging digital transformation, representatives of Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger held a meeting with the National Social Media Coordination Working Group (NSMCWG) to discuss initiatives by Meta to support the government’s digital transformation pertinent to mention Pakistan constituted the NSMCWG in October 2021 to streamline engagement with digital platforms and work on relevant policies related to social media. The working group is also focused on encouraging digital platforms to invest in Pakistan. In their first meeting with the working group, Meta representatives briefed the government on their initiatives that contribute to digital literacy, inclusion, and enablement. In addition, the body also discussed prospective collaborative efforts in the areas of connectivity, tools and systems for removing harmful content, compliance with local laws, rules and regulatory framework, and ways to support local content creators. The NSMCWG conveyed its concerns regarding effective and timely moderation of harmful and illegal content across the Meta platforms. Both sides showed their willingness for continued engagement to improve mechanics and cooperation on content moderation and compliance with local laws. Members of the NSMCWG appreciated future plans of Meta for the increased presence on Pakistan’s digital map. Further, Meta and the working group agreed to explore the idea of setting up a Community Lab in Pakistan by collaborating with academia, incubation centers, startups, and telecom service providers. The lab will offer a platform to develop and test innovative technology solutions to help grow the connectivity ecosystem in Pakistan.  There is no doubt that the creation of the working group has made it easier for digital platforms to engage with government stakeholders, share insights and concerns and respond to needs on the ground.

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