Dr. Arsalan Khalid, the Prime Minister’s new media point man, said on Tuesday that the issue of monetizing Facebook content will be resolved soon in Pakistan. Currently, the country has 40million users with no monetization.
According to statistics from Statista, Pakistan has 40 million Facebook users. In terms of Facebook subscribers, it is ranked 11th in the world.
India is ranked fifth, followed by the United States, Indonesia, and Brazil. There are reportedly 38 countries in the world where Facebook is being monetized, but Pakistan is not one of them.
In this regard, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly recently passed a resolution. It requested that the federal government speak with Facebook’s management about content monetisation so that the country’s youth could profit from the social media giant.
“The federal government has been in negotiations with Facebook over monetisation for over a year now,” said Dr Khalid. “Things are now close to coming to a solution”.
According to the official, the social network behemoth has concerns regarding the country’s social media laws.
The government maintains that social media, like many other nations, requires certain laws and regulations, especially in cases of blasphemy, child pornography, cyber fraud, and a willful effort to cause confusion endangering people’s lives.
“Hopefully discussions with Facebook will bring results soon,” Dr. Khalid added.