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Big Tech’s Asian lobby group has warned Pakistan that the nation's recent content-blocking rules will hurt its economy. The warning came in a letter to Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan from the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), an organisation whose members include Amazon, Google, Cloudflare, Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, SAP, …

  1. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

    What they meant to say was...

    "SAP, Cloudflare, Google, and pals warn Pakistan its new content-blocking laws will hurt THEIR economic growth"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: What they meant to say was...

      If they were really worried about freedom of speech, human rights, etc, they would pull the plug on Pakistan the day the new rules come in.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: What they meant to say was...

        Your feelings sound hurt. Why is that?

        Silicon valley companies are not the good guys here. Grow up, please.

  2. versatile_genius

    AIC is a sham

    The world needs an alternative to Mafango, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Oracle, Cloudflare, Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn and similar cronies emanating from one country.

    Countries that resist these peddlers will sooner or later find alternatives and/or service providers from other geographies will step in !

  3. iron Silver badge

    > Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), an organisation whose members include Amazon, Google, Cloudflare, Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, SAP, Amazon, and Airbnb

    Yup totally Asian and not at all a group of yanks, no.

  4. cd

    I urge other countries to follow their example.

  5. Plest Silver badge
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    Blocks, eh?

    Blocking Amazon, Google, Cloudflare, Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, SAP, Amazon, and Airbnb? Well that sounds like a bloody damned fine start to making a much better internet for everyone! Any chance of Imran convincing our money grabbing moronic UK Gov or the EU to do something similar?

    1. Duncan Macdonald

      Re: Blocks, eh?

      Be fair Google and Amazon do provide useful services (Google - a good internet search engine and good maps, Amazon a good online bookshop). The others though - tax them at $1 per byte transmitted !!!

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