ISLAMABAD: Before the general elections in Pakistan, Facebook has disabled many accounts and pages of the Islamic Milli League (MML), in a setback for the political team launched by Jamaat-ud-Dawa, leader of the Mumbai terrorist attack led by Hafiz Saeed according to a media report today.
Facebook executive director Mark Zuckerberg said it was his priority to make sure his social networking website supports positive discourse and avoids interference in upcoming elections in Pakistan, India, Brazil, Mexico and other countries.
Recently, Facebook officials contacted the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and offered help to local authorities to identify and remove fake pages from different political parties before the July 25 general election, the Express Tribune reported.
The ECP has not recognized the MML as a political party. In April of this year, the United States placed the MML on its list of foreign terrorist organizations for its links to the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which launched the Mumbai butcher shop in 2008.
After the ECP denied MML recognition, JuD chief Saeed announced that about 200 candidates from his party would compete at the polls under the banner of a little-known party, Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek (AAT). ), which is already registered with the electoral commission
MML spokesman Tabish Qayyum told reporters that Facebook has eliminated numerous accounts of its candidates and poll workers without giving any reason. He said that the act of Facebook is a serious violation of its own policy and a sanction to freedom of expression.
“Elections are just around the corner and all political parties are using social networks for elections, eliminating MML candidates and workers’ accounts at a certain time is an injustice,” he added.
“All political parties are using social networks to spread their message, posters and video messages attract voters, but the MML has been denied this installation for no reason,” he said.
Mr. Zuckerberg in recent statements has said that after the identification of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the United States, Facebook has successfully implemented new Artificial Intelligence tools that eliminated tens of thousands of false accounts.