Kazakh Minister of Information and Social Development says ministry reached agreement with Meta regional office

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Information and Social Development negotiated with Meta’s regional office for China, Mongolia and Central Asia based in Hong Kong, Minister Aida Balayeva wrote on Facebook.

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The text of the joint statement published on the ministry’s website on November 1, which touted Kazakhstan’s access to Meta’s content reporting system and its publication in the media, was fully endorsed by the regional office, according to Balayeva. .

The Content Reporting System allows governments around the world to report content they believe violates local laws.

The statement said the ministry and Meta, Facebook’s new name, agreed to cooperate closely on issues related to harmful content, with a focus on child protection.

He also reported that on October 28, the Facebook team conducted training for ministry specialists on how to work with the content reporting system, as well as Facebook’s content policy and community standards.

According to available data, there are nearly 3.2 million Facebook users in Kazakhstan, and other Meta platforms, such as Instagram and Whatsapp, have much higher usage.

“The ministry expresses its confidence that the use of the content reporting system will increase the efficiency and overall effectiveness of the work done to counter the spread of illegal content on the Facebook and Instagram platforms,” the statement said.

In September, the Kazakh parliament began working on a bill that proposes blocking social media unless they have a representative office in Kazakhstan, which MPs say is done to ensure safety cyberspace and prevent cyberbullying. The bill was approved by Majilis, the lower house of the Kazakh parliament.

“We first said that the wording adopted in the first reading was an invitation to conversation rather than a policy of censorship or stricter control. And we are certainly pleased that the concerns of Kazakh lawmakers, parents and community leaders have been heard by the management of giant tech companies. We are convinced that openness, the willingness to compromise and the desire to cooperate are the best strategies and policies. We are ready to learn, ready to compromise and to be constructive. We are ready to listen and hear all reasonable and rational arguments,” the MP and one of the developers of the Aidos Sarym bill wrote on his Facebook.

Joel C. Hicks