Facebook gives thumbs down to Pakistan policy change request

Facebook denied a request made by the government of Pakistan last week to provide easy access to user identities. Pakistan officials asked Facebook to change its authentication requirements from email addresses to phone numbers, a move the social media company isn’t interested in making. The request, according to the Pakistani government, would allow the owners of ‘fake accounts’ to be tracked and dealt with – especially those that spread hate messages or blasphemy. Facebook confirmed the request – Christine Chen, a Facebook spokeswoman, said: Facebook met with Pakistan officials to express the company’s deep commitment to protecting the rights of…

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