Bilawal suggests UN to form task force to combat global disinformation


National Courier Desk

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari urged United Nations (UN) to form an inter-agency task force to combat disinformation that could hold regular interactions with member states and other stakeholders.

Delivering a virtual address to a meeting of Group of Friends on Countering Disinformation for Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Bilawal emphasised that world must have an international plan of action to “counter disinformation online and offline, in public and private domain”.

Sharing his suggestions to tackle menace, Bilawal called for enhanced public awareness through information campaigns promoted by member states and UN, and building societal resistance and resilience against disinformation.

He stressed need for capacity building of governments and their relevant institutions to detect, analyse and expose disinformation and their networks.

“ UN and its agencies should build capacity of member states, especially developing countries, to analyse and fact-check and filter information, especially online information.”

He said financial and technical support should be extended to national and international researchers as well as institutions involved in fighting disinformation. UN department of information can play a critical role in this context, he noted.

He said world should make a concentrated effort through cooperation to minimise negative impact of disinformation on human rights and relations between communities and states by building firewalls against false information.

He said UN should adopt guidelines for actions, including use of advanced technology such as artificial intelligence, to serve as a driving force for national and international actions.

He also proposed that UN should develop rules and regulations for adherence by private sectors, social media companies and other non-governmental actors in this regard.

Pakistan is an ardent campaigner of global disinformation and is on move how to combat it across globe. In this regard world is also recognising Pakistan’s effort and over the years governments in Pakistan have been staunch suppor­­­­ter to get rid of this menace.