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Published:May 20th, 2010 16:46 EST
Pakistan Bans Facebook and YouTube

Pakistan Bans Facebook and YouTube

By Ernest Dempsey


The government of Pakistan has banned Facebook and Youtube after reaction from Muslims over the anti-Islamic/blasphemous content found on the sites. Facebook was banned on Wednesday (May 19, 2010) while Youtube blocked for viewing in Pakistan the following day, i.e. May 20, 2010.


The orders to ban Facebook were sent by Lahore High Court to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. PTA was asked to ban Facebook due to hosting a contest page about drawing funny cartoons of Islam`s prophet Mohammad. The contest, which started last month and was scheduled to continue till May 20, 2010, was taken notice of in several Islamic country, some of which immediately blocked Facebook. In Paksiatn, the site was blocked after PTA received the orders from the court.


The following day, Youtube was also blocked by the PTA on the grounds that it archived some sacrilegious content, offensive to Islamic values. No particular content pages were pointed out on Youtube; PTA just mentioned growing sacrilegious contents " on the site.


It is learnt that Facebook has been blocked till May 31st, 2010 while there is no clear indication as to when the restriction on access to Youtube will be lifted.