On Thursday, the government of Pakistan said it asked Facebook and Twitter to identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy for criticizing Islam.
In Pakistan, if you insult Islam or the prophet Muhammad you can be sentenced to death.
According to AP, Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan confirmed an official in Pakistan's Washington embassy asked the two social media companies to help locate Pakistanis, either in Pakistan or elsewhere, who have shared material deemed offensive to Islam. Khan stated that Pakistani authorities have identified 11 people for questioning over alleged blasphemy, and anyone committing blasphemy abroad would be extradited.
Khan had previously stated, "I hope that the management of Facebook will respect the religious sentiments of 200 million Pakistanis and tens of millions of users of Facebook in Pakistan and will cooperate in that regard.”
Facebook allowed it reviews all government requests carefully, "with the goal of protecting the privacy and rights of our users … We disclose information about accounts solely in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law. A Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty or other formal request may be required for international requests, and we include these in our Government Requests Report.”
Twitter had no comment.