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Digital limbo: Tech platforms raise funds for Pakistan but don’t let Pakistanis contribute - SAMAA English

Last updated Sunday, August 28, 2022 03:00 ET , Source: TopWireNews

Facebook has yet to turn on its "marked safe" feature while Instagram is not allowing Pakistan-based charities to raise funds for floods
The internet is known to come together in times of major crises. All those years ago, Facebook had launched its ‘marked safe’ function. But with Pakistan currently reeling from one of the worst floods in its history, it seems as if the world’s biggest tech platforms have abandoned it.
The recent floods have exposed the technological divide between the developed and developing nations as those in United States, Europe or Australia can create fundraisers for the catastrophe-stricken Pakistan, but citizens in the country cannot.
Pakistanis can neither setup fundraisers on social media giants such as Facebook or Instagram, nor can they access funds taken in their name by foreign organizations as they battle the worst floods in recent history.
More than 1,000 people have been confirmed dead by the country’s disaster management authority while millions are at risk of dying from flood-related incidents, hunger, thirst or diseases. The country needs around $10 billion for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction for some 33 million people affected.
Yet, tech giants seem oblivious to the suffering of the world’s fifth most populous country (US Census Bureau July 2022 data).
Several charities, including international arms of local charities are collecting funds online through the platforms. All claime to work to alleviate the suffering of...

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