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    Pakistan: PM Imran Khan and Facebook COO link up in a promising virtual meeting

    Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg and  Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed Facebook’s role and potential as a tech giant.

    Islamabad, Pakistan:

    In a virtual meeting on Friday with Facebook’s high official Sheryl Sandberg and PM Imran Khan expressed his viewpoints regarding the largest social media platform.

    The two previously met last year in January in Davos, January. Sandberg had then invited Imran Khan to visit company’s headquarters in California.

    He discussed Facebook’s investments and its pivotal role in increasing digital literacy in the country. He further commented that
    digital literacy can provide financial opportunities to the youth and can serve as a medium to elevate poverty.

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    There are currently Facebook users 37,070,000 in Pakistan as of 31 March 2020.

    Digital literacy programs can boost entrepreneurship opportunities and can act as a source of succor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Sandberg and Khan also discussed Facebooks humanitarian projects such as the blood donation feature which is currently signed up by 70 million Facebook users.

    Imran Khan lauded the company’s collaboration with the local government to eradicate Polio for a Polio-free Pakistan.

    Both exchanged points of view about the SheMeansBussines Program under which more than 6700 Pakistani women are being trained.
    They also talked about recent investments and research grants awarded this year to Pakistani academics.

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    Another Salient aspect discussed was the ever-increasing trend of spreading hate and extremism online and how difficult it has it become to control it.

    Facebook has worked to develop an AL to detect hate speech.

    PM Imran Khan expressed that he would welcome digital investments and encouraged the social media firm to extend its footprint in the country.

    Addisie Arega
    Addisie Arega
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