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YouTube Banned In Pakistan; Follows Facebook Ban

Following on from our posts about Pakistan banning Facebook yesterday, Pakistan’s telecommunications regulator, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) have also directed ISP’s to block YouTube after material on the video streaming website was branded “sacrilegious”.

In a statement that was released on Thursday following the Facebook ban just a day prior, the government said that it had to block YouTube and Facebook after attempts to get certain content removed that they considered derogatory failed. A similar block happened in 2008.

It is not known what specific content was found by the Pakistani government. The PTA also did not go in to detail about the reasoning for the ban, but did say that they were acting on the orders of the high court and the government.

Facebook nor YouTube were available for comment, but the page which started the contest said that it’s aim was not to slander Muslims. Their objective was to show extremists, who threaten to harm others due to their depictions of Prophet Mohammed, that they are not afraid.

More than 450 links on the Internet have apparently been blocked by the PTA, including that of some Wikipedia links. The PTA also have said that Facebook and YouTube authorities are free to contact their agency to resolve the issue.

What are your views on these issues?

Source: PC World

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Hamza
Hamza

Facebook should remain banned for ever.there are other social sites through which we can remain connected.There is no need of facebook.

Iulian
Iulian

delete facebook and yotube in the name of allah lol

logic
logic

just let the muslims bomb each other while they worship in their "sacred" mosques. happens everyday, and all I do is sit back in my air conditioned room and laugh.

Ivan_PSP

They need to shutdowmn this trashy sites too Xbox.com Microsoft.com Bing.com MSN.com live.com and they will be perfect. YouTube ban bad moveFacebook good move.

Kris Reid

Lost all respect for that country.

ehh
ehh

Pakistan sucks. There loss. This is exactly why the rest of the world thinks you guys are extremists. Good job on your image, Pakistan.

Diamond Dave

WTF? Americans are terrorists? Muslims are terrorists? You hate Jews, blacks, Christians, Muslims, bald people … Ask a Muslim: Who is a terrorist? Their answer: Americans – they kill our innocent people! They kill several innocent people to nab 2-3 actual terrorists! Ask an American / Allied Forces: Who is a terrorist? Their answer: Muslims are terrorists! They kill all who do not follow their faith!! FACTS: Muslim EXTREMISTS that would KILL millions (yes MILLIONS – that's how many died in the WTC ordeal – and that was just ONE ordeal) ARE terrorists. Are ALL Muslims terrorist? Nope. Are ALL… Read more »

Thanks
Thanks

Imran khan; You have very good reports and they seem to be researched. At least they aren't opininated like most of the people who don't know the actual meaning of "Freedom of Speech." Most of the people here are stating things that aren't true. I tried to post the link to freedom of speech yesterday, but it wasn't here. =( You guys could just go to wiki and put in: Freedom of Speech and read up on it. Then you can talk about freedom of speech. P.s. Most of you guys need to learn how to spell. I can't even… Read more »

Jerrie Mcclard

Wow, what an excellent post! I saw your blog today, this is a really good post you made, let them roll!

Usman
Usman

Guys I think FB is over in Pakistan, they should have shown some maturity, they biased themselves over a non-issue, and it was perfectly fine for them to pull that page off because they do have very strict terms regarding content that is posted and I was the one who Hoped it would be pulled off but was very surprised to see their decision, well, I can see Pakistani youth finding alternatives, check thathttp://myfreindsbook.com , believed to be a Pakistani website but not sure, Its being heavily marketed across the country as an "Alternative" to FB, people want to forget… Read more »

Imran Khan
Imran Khan

Summery of response: It seems, Pakistan is far behind to Modern world and Muslims are still living in Stone Age. Let me tell you “it is age of reason not religion”. If you will never allow others to criticize your religion it will never evolve and it is becoming problem for you and non-muslims too. It seems Islam can‘t stand on open scrutiny therefore Muslims don’t allow it be criticized. Open it for debates on your countries, either It will rule the world or it will become the History. Keep in mind “freedom of speech” on religions is pith in… Read more »

Marius
Marius

I dont know why we should care?
If people are not on facebook or youtube… I dont care as long I can visit those sites

YesI'ms DAD
YesI'ms DAD

Go Ahed hows stooping you YesI'mSerious, Freek

sattar
sattar

Dear william maldonado For You So Called Americans Religion,Relations, Even GOD does not matter a guy just to sell his show on T.V can make fun of God or Your Prophet it would be A no Big Deal for you Guys But Religion our Hole Book and Our Prophet is VERY VERY Important For A Muslim. Do what ever you do with your religion your Hole People but Please Try to learn Respect For others Feelings if i say some thing against so Called Innocent jEW"S the all world would come after me if i only write one line and… Read more »

sara ahmad
sara ahmad

it's the wrong decision of government to ban facebook.this is not the way it should have been,i mean they shuld have called all the leadres of the muslim countries and thought of a better solution.things do get ok if u sit and have a talk…..what about those people who have loved ones abroad and were just a click away????….atleast they could have blocked the link!!shutting down the whole thing doesn't make any sense!!

YesI'mSerious
YesI'mSerious

We really just need to nuke the entire middle east.

bAN fACEBOOOK
bAN fACEBOOOK

Ban the Facebook in Every country its a waste of Time ……its not good

emad
emad

This is a load of crap. Its ok for muslims to kill eachother,say christians/americans are terrorist? No its not. Your prophet muhammed is a lie and so is your religion.

MUHAMMAD IMRAN
MUHAMMAD IMRAN

AA its a good decision bcoz all the religion are respectable for all muslims .we all muslims apreciate this blockage bcoz its include in our blood to love with HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (PBUH)
WE give message all non muslims to respects all the religions and respect all the prophets.bcoz its the KEY of peace TO RESPECT ALL THE RELIGIONS AND respect all the prophets. Allah hafiz

william maldonado
william maldonado

You people are praising your government, and handing over your rights and freedoms like its a ticket. Your government shouldnt be allowed to remove the right to view facebook just because it offends a the religion of your countries religion. Here in america, our constitution says that laws shall not be written based off religion. The majority of America in christian, but our laws are not those stated in the bible. This is because we Americans are tolerant of all religions, and to me it seems like you islamics are not very tolerant people. you are unaccepting that other people… Read more »

Humna
Humna

Theres a very big difference between freedom of speech and discrimination, above all that free speech crap, human rights come first, right? so why the discrimination and racism? But i think pakistani government went a bit too far with the banning of facebook and youtube. I mean people who wanted to protest could simply delete or not use such materials, THAT would have been the right thing to do or just make a similar page condemning the idea ….I dont think this ban has helped anyone or anysituation get any better,,, even maybe gave a worser image of pakistan internationally….Oh… Read more »

Ansari
Ansari

i guess you are on wrong page my fellow muslim brother and sister. i agree with nicole… we shouldnt be banning facebook or youtube… if someone doesnt like it than we should not go on those websites…. lets say we should ban internet in pakistan rather face book….because cartoons are allover

Ansari
Ansari

i guess you are on wrong page my fellow muslim brother and sister. i agree with nicole… we shouldnt be banning facebook or youtube… if someone doesnt like it than we should not go on those websites…. lets say we should ban internet in pakistan rather face book….because cartoons are allover the danish said that islam is religion of violence … next thing we know we are tearing things down..so danish did prove a point…. we have a choice .. remm.. the fact.. a non muslim used to throw garbage on PBUH.. he never got mad or anything… instead when… Read more »

pakistani
pakistani

i think blocking these websites isn't going to help!!!!!!!becoze faacebook is in chill…….facebook isn't taking any action….n i love our Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)…..banning facebook is not going to help us n protesting either we have to take some seriouse action becoze our gov has just block facebook but this isn't going to work….

amna
amna

When you say stuff against Blacks its called racism. When you say stuff again jews its called antisemitism , when you say stuff against women its called sexism than why saying stuff against our Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) is considered freedom of speech?

I believe it was wrong on the part of the gov to block these sites. A dialogue would have been better but its equally wrong on the part of the 'liberal, civilized, educated western world' to call THIS freedom of speech.

Harish
Harish

good..get all the websites banned and stop using the computers as they were invented by westerners/jews.This would plungs Pakistan into political and social isolation.This is not good for the youth of the nation.It is important that a movement starts across the world to purge all the blasphemous propaganda that has been happening about Islam.Young minds are impressionable.Impress upon them the greatness of Allah,Quoran and it's messenger the PROPHET.Also teach them that there are religions in this world other than Islam that are just ways of life like Islam is. The religious heads in all the Islamic nations should take the… Read more »

Mustafa
Mustafa

i think Freedom of speech ,expression, and action should only be allowed to an extent where i does not OFFEND anyone… and ridiculing other religions and religious personalities is creating unrest … why be biased when it comes to freedom of action … why a police arrests killers ,theieves …etc .. when in reality they are only practicing 1st amendment .. right … ? thr action may be justified in their own eyes but may not be in others eyes … anyways i think pak govt wouldnt have banned those site if it wasnt for the retaliation shown by the… Read more »

shahab shaukat
shahab shaukat

very well saif osam saeed…. we r very happy that our Government took such a step….. our religion comes always first… we love our beloved PROPHET (PBUH) more than our lives , so we cannot listen a single word against him… facebook must delete those dirty groups… other wise it should be keep banned…….

unknowngirl
unknowngirl

WTF?! Facebook i understand! Buhhh Youtube that is too far!!

PAKI
PAKI

Great job PTA…please ban all the internet web sites because internet was also invented in the western world…and also ban people using computers…can any one tell me the name of the person who invented windows and operating systems that u r using on ur computers…y u r using it stop using it bcoz for ur information BILL GATES IS A JEW…if u don't believe me go and see on google…so i was talking about bans…plz ban yahoo and hotmail as well…plzzzzzzzz ban everything… the IRONY IS OUR GREAT AND HIGHLY EDUCATED LEADERS GO AND BEG IN THOSE COUNTRIES FOR FINANCIAL… Read more »

Ali

If you are against terrorist or hate them like everybody in the world even Muslims then draw their images or say anything what you want about them but not about Mohammad PBUH.
My question to every one how many Americans, Europeans or other nations died in Terrorist attacks Please count and let us know. It will not be 10% of died in Pakistan and Iraq. We as Muslims are suffering from terrorist attacks much more than you..
Banning facebook and youtube is just a message to tell the world and I support this action

Nadeem Akhter
Nadeem Akhter

A very good and positive step in deed. and Well said Osama Saeed

mohiz
mohiz

Osama Saeed YA U R RIGHT MY BROTHER we r not terrourists we fight for peace americans are terrourists they fight to kill innocent guys and all christans are terrourists

Abū 'Ubaidah
Abū 'Ubaidah

Meh. Freedom of speech my ass. If I say today that "Jews Deserved The Holocaust", Jews will go crazy and I believe there would be riots all over the world. They would consider it "offensive", "prejudiced", "derogatory", "provocative". But when someone makes caricatures of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, they call it "Freedom of Speech", "Civil Liberties", "Civil Rights". Why the double standards? I am for Freedom of Speech, but why exercise it to hurt a community making 27% of the global population? A community that makes the second largest following in the world, next only to Christianity? A community… Read more »

Aribah Aqeel
Aribah Aqeel

Pakistani goverment has no sense ..

They banned the facebook that was good but why the
most informative sources youtube and wikipedia…

they can only bann the objectionable pages but y the whole sites…

Islam doesnt says that whatever happens in this world dont see..
You just close ur eyes…

This all is the planning of dajjal masonics cause they have the Muslims as their big competetors

Mian
Mian

LOOK!!! and observe. MUSLIMS are not extremists. these people are extremist. how they dare to take such shameful step. They are putting us to WAR against them.

Harish
Harish

Addressing the root cause is very important than addressing the effects emanating out of it.What Pakistan is doing at the moment is it is countering only the effect and not the root cause. Being non-Islamic I can say for sure that whatever bad stuff is being propagated over the internet is not true at all and is baseless. But the point is that the people- who eventually make up a government should be responsible. If I were following Islam then I would for sure go ahead and read the Quoran during these times to seek help. Because if a person… Read more »

Osama Saeed
Osama Saeed

No offence Nicole McGill, how about if i say few bad words about your messenger/ prophet. would you still call it FREEDOM of SPEECH/ MY CIVIL LIBERTIES? more over "Americans get threatened everyday on facebook" they might be getting treats but the allied forces are KILLING thousands of innocent everyday just to kill 2 – 3 (So Called) terrorists living amongst them. Each and every second in Iraq and afghanistan people are living in fear they are unsure when drones will fly over their heads and kill 90% of their innocent family or when Allied forces will come and bomb… Read more »

Tahir
Tahir

Excellent work Pakistan, thanks Pakistan Govenment and PTA and High court. Great Nation. Great People

Zaheer
Zaheer

Malik you are right brother, there is so much disrespetful material on youtube, against our religion, so yes it should be banned untill all this material put by low life people is removed, well said thank you

Peace....!!!
Peace....!!!

we are happy…well done Pakistan…!

Malik
Malik

The sites should remain banned by PTA until they don't delete all those pages (which violate their own TOS)

Author:Nicole McGill

This is ridiculous! What happened to "Freedom of Speech? What happened to civil liberties? What happened to civil rights in these countries? I don't understand why the people of these countries just hand their rights over to the government in such a way. Do they not have voices? Why would the government regulate in such a way, unless they're trying to hide something? What are they hiding? Americans get threatened everyday on facebook. Still that is no reason to block the site from us users who are connecting with people all around the world. I believe that there's something deeper… Read more »

Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones

Excellent work Pakistan……. any religion does not allow this kind of promotion. these extremist who are running these campaigns on facebook should realize that they are creating the differences themselves… this campaign shouldn’t have been approved however the owners of these companies do this purposely..

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