IT Minister's Twitter account deactivated amidst critique of policies

Published: July 24, 2013

IT Minister Anusha Rahman. PHOTO: FILE

The Minister of State for Information Technology (IT) Anusha Rahman’s official Twitter account has been deactivated, weeks after she took up the country’s information technology hot seat.

A survey of interactions of Rahman, in which she was either directly addressed or referred to over a range of technology and internet related policy decisions including the ban on the popular video-sharing website YouTube and an alleged ban on torrents.

On July 2, she had apparently formed a four member team to review blasphemous and objectionable content on YouTube to decide if the website could be unblocked after putting in filters. She had even tweeted the move, but then soon after not only did activity from her account seize, the account could no longer be found on the site.

Earlier this week, some people on twitter claimed that they could no longer access some popular torrent websites, used to download a number of digital products from music, movies, video games, books, essential software and even pornography.

People took to Twitter to express their views on the persistent ban on YouTube and the alleged ban on torrent websites.

Vent as they may, there was no immediate response from Rahman on the site, owing to the absence of her account.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Kashif
    Jul 24, 2013 - 11:44PM

    Next is a ban on Facebook because is it where all PTI support emanates from:).

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  • Usama
    Jul 24, 2013 - 11:55PM

    Socia Media is the only media they can’t buy. Electronic and Print, they can buy them and have bought them.

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  • Bhatti
    Jul 25, 2013 - 12:05AM

    Welcome to Dark Ages!

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  • Anwer ali
    Jul 25, 2013 - 1:27AM

    I regret to say that PTA is not preforming its duty properly and the government must pay attention to this authority also.

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  • Mj
    Jul 25, 2013 - 2:19AM

    A technologically illiterate person should not be heading the IT ministry.

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  • PTA Hater
    Jul 25, 2013 - 2:54AM

    Welcome to Jihadi Republic of Banistan. Anything can land you in trouble, except slitting fellow human throats.

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  • Alann
    Jul 25, 2013 - 3:23AM

    “She had even tweeted the move, but then soon after not only did activity from her account seize, the account could no longer be found on the site.”

    Should be cease.

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  • Bakhtawer Bilal
    Jul 25, 2013 - 6:38AM

    It says 4 persons will evaluate 8 m URLs. Cool Each person will do 2 million. So Assuming it will take just ONE minute to evaluate, it will take each member 2 million minutes or 33,333.33 hours . Assuming if he works 8 hours each day for 6 days in a week, it will take 694.4 weeks. Being 52 weeks in a year it will take each member 13.35 years to complete the job. If he does not take any day or any annual vacation. So we can have our morality restored in about 13.35 years. Kar lo gallan

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  • mir
    Jul 25, 2013 - 10:36AM

    IT ministry blocking URLs, do you have any better idea IT minister can do for the Information Technology other than blocking…? otherwise it should be called Blocking Ministry not IT ministry…

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  • LUMS
    Jul 25, 2013 - 2:10PM

    @Mj: Could not Agree more!!

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  • Jul 25, 2013 - 3:18PM

    To ban on such media is to take the rivalry of the international community. And simultaneously it is equally depriving common people of having contacts and unbiased information which some time absent on other medias.

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