Banned: Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia... Google?

Published: May 20, 2010

KARACHI: Online sources confirmed on Thursday night that search engine Google was blocked on some ISPs in Pakistan during the day.

After the Lahore High Court ordered the PTA to shut down Facebook on Wednesday, reports have been coming in on Twitter of “Access Denied” messages when trying to open Google.

While there is no official confirmation regarding a block on Google, the PTA claims up to 450 websites posting blasphemous material have been blocked so far. The PTA has also encouraged the general public to report any such sites at a toll free number and via email, which may be the cause behind other popular sites being banned.

Earlier, the PTA also shut down YouTube and Wikipedia, an action which drew mixed reactions from the public.

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Reader Comments (56)

  • FB
    May 20, 2010 - 11:56PM

    Why not ban the entire internet???!!! I see that happening too.Recommend

  • King of Kash
    May 21, 2010 - 12:01AM

    Make it illegal to use computers of any kind !Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 12:03AM

    Pakistanis can’t use FB until May 31. Excellent opportunity for Hindustanis to block water to all Pak farms on Farmville.Recommend

  • omer
    May 21, 2010 - 12:12AM

    i think banning facebook and wikipedia is a good step because they are playing with the emotions of muslims.but i dont understand why youtube is banned?Recommend

  • MH
    May 21, 2010 - 12:14AM

    Google is blocked. No doubts. They will cut off Pakistan completely in a couple of hours. Recommend

  • Sikander
    May 21, 2010 - 12:18AM

    Google is working now..Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 12:19AM

    Well they could have easily blocked the specific pages from wikipedia. It is much easier for content to be removed from wikipedia if it is sacrilegious.Recommend

  • Adnan
    May 21, 2010 - 12:23AM

    No electricity here so why whine about Internet? Let’s enjoy old traditional days when ppl used to water in real farms rather in farm ville and used to sit on chowks with pals rather than joining “e-groups”Recommend

  • sikandar
    May 21, 2010 - 12:23AM

    i think banning the complete sites is not the answer they should ban the specific urls or ips !

    google , wikipedia and youtube should not be banned at all ! but specific url or pages should be banned !Recommend

  • omair habib
    May 21, 2010 - 12:25AM

    its a good step from pak government…Recommend

  • Maham
    May 21, 2010 - 12:29AM

    i think whats happened is completely just. We are protecting our religion and atleast we’re doing something. you people might not care about your religion or family but we do. And unlike others we’re taking a step to prevent disrespect, so i completely understand why you’re so afraid of us.Recommend

  • Dania
    May 21, 2010 - 12:31AM

    GOOGLE??? WHY GOOGLE????Recommend

  • fk
    May 21, 2010 - 12:38AM

    Google is NOT banned in Pakistan. It is completely working. Only youtube and facebook are banned due to the protests of general population. Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 12:46AM

    This isnt the solution by banning corporate websites atleast Government of Pakistan should sended a proper notice to the owner’s of Facebook or Youtube.Banning Youtube had really effected most Paki Internet users & GOogle shouldnt be blocked It is the world’s leading Search engine. Are we really moving backwords :(Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 12:49AM

    Actually Google was banned earlier around 830ish in the evening. They’ve unbanned it abhi – Wikipedia has been repeatedly going through the ban/unban statuses – guess it’ll take a while before they finalize the list of sites that are actually to be banned.Recommend

  • Muhammad Az
    May 21, 2010 - 12:51AM

    It’s a good step to discourage such a idiot people who try to play with the emotion of the Muslim Uma. I am realy very happy on this tremendous step of our reputable PTA.
    ALLAH is OneRecommend

  • AZ
    May 21, 2010 - 12:53AM

    i just wonder why have they blocked wikipedia which is actually a good source of information and education Recommend

    May 21, 2010 - 1:27AM

    why has wikipedia been blocked? i completely support the ban on youtube and espacially facebook but blocking wikipedia makes no sense at all !!!Recommend

  • wakeup
    May 21, 2010 - 1:33AM

    To one of replies. In what way banning these websites protect Islam? This is not a service to Islam. This is senseless. Just by closing your eyes things don’t get right. Pagans and Non-Muslims will continue to do this until the worlds ends or they end. In simple words the only way to stop this is to bring Muslims to power to rule the world, which in current circumstances where people think that banning stuff is enough, i don’t see it coming.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali Paracha
    May 21, 2010 - 1:49AM

    Blocking fb is still okay…but websites like wikipedia are very helpful, only the links should have been blocked, i am an A level students and have a exam tmrw..wikipedia helped me alot in my previous exams and wud have helped me tmrw aswell..too bad wen it comes to religion are people stop using their bloody heads…blocking the link only wud have been just fine…and i agree, its only a matter of time till the whole internet is blocked…infact blocking youtube is a blessing for PPP, all their scandals are now safely hidden.Recommend

  • Hassan
    May 21, 2010 - 2:03AM

    I totally agree with “WAKEUP”………Recommend

  • Khurram
    May 21, 2010 - 2:15AM

    Nice intiative from Pakistan government, first good step of history. Finally, all brothers and sisters efforts resulted as positive.

    Aplogizies from a cartoon artist:

  • Hamza
    May 21, 2010 - 2:46AM

    The hell is wrong with them man. Blocking facebook makes sense (although blocking that page only wouldve been better, because there are several companies in IT sector who’re actually earning through Facebook… oh its true..) But as for wikipedia… thats just sickening. Its like closing down the public library on the internet. Wikipedia is one stop shop for most of the students looking for some info regarding their assignements and all.

    i have an idea … lets burn all our cloths … put on some good looking leaves and head off to jungles again … Just like the old times !! Recommend

  • Osama
    May 21, 2010 - 3:05AM

    @Wakeup. Face-book has lost a lot of revenue from their sponsors/advertisers over this matter. I think it is the least we can do in order to protect our religion and retaliate against the haters. They do not have the guts to come and fight us, so they cower by disrespecting our religion. Pure sissy style. Recommend

  • Ricky Nastan
    May 21, 2010 - 4:16AM

    ***Pakistan Governement is I think gone mad! Blocking Facebook is understandable. Blocking Wikipedia Temporarily is also understandable,
    But Why Google? It should not be blocked and Also Youtube Should’nt be Blocked at all only Specified or Particular URL should Be Blocked!
    Another Blockade : Second Famous Video Network after Youtube “Metacafe” is also Blocked. This is totally nonsense. We Appeal to PTA and Government to Unblock Youtube and Google as soon as Possible (Specified URLs would Remain Blocked)***Recommend

  • Mig
    May 21, 2010 - 6:03AM

    Blocking Facebook is understandable … But wikipedia is source of information …so is with youtube… atleast they shud put off ban on wikipedia and youtube.Recommend

  • Asfandyar Khan
    May 21, 2010 - 6:41AM

    So u ban the english wikepedia…what about all the other languages where the search “Muhammad” brings out pictures of The Holy Prophet PBUH ( naozobillah)….

    This is not the solution…..This is brushing it under the carpetRecommend

  • Ain
    May 21, 2010 - 9:16AM

    Banning facebook and other sacrilegious sites is a very bold step taken by the Pakistani government. Although it gets a bit annoying not to be able to log into facebook, but considering the current circumstances the least we can do is to boycott all the sites that offend our beliefs and are a psychological torture in the name of ‘freedom of speech’. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 21, 2010 - 10:14AM

    Why is now banned in pakistan.Recommend

  • jia
    May 21, 2010 - 10:38AM

    A very wise step! May Allah reward them! Recommend

  • Azeem
    May 21, 2010 - 11:26AM

    Facebook Kal Bhi Zinda Tha…..Facebook Aaj Bhi Zinda HaiRecommend

  • munazza
    May 21, 2010 - 11:33AM

    this is good step to block facebook.but i don’t understand that why wikipedia & u tube r blocked?becoz wikipedia is the worlds largest free encyclopedia and most informative should not be blocked.i request to pta to unblock wikipedia & u tube.Recommend

  • Shabah
    May 21, 2010 - 11:37AM

    To Wakeup,

    Banning FB and YT will force people like you to stop clicking on these websites and help them generate revenue :)Recommend

  • A.F.
    May 21, 2010 - 11:42AM

    PTA has gone bonkered. Facebook ban seems logical though im very against it, only relevant link should have been blocked but why wikipedia?Recommend

  • COMSAT Abbottabad BCS-6 girls
    May 21, 2010 - 11:50AM

    Excellent step taken by the government to bann facebook but wikipedia and youtube should be allowed because it is helpful with our studies.Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 12:01PM

    I agree with @A.F., what the hell is PTA doing? what are they thinking while blocking everything?

    Blocking Facebook was on Principal and was OK, but why are they blocking Youtube, wikipedia and even Google Search?

    They will only cause harm to Pakistanis who use these resources heavily to make money and run their families in these tough times.

    Govt organizations never miss a chance to prove themselves Stupid as anything…!!!

    May Allah help us.Recommend

  • Khalid Patel
    May 21, 2010 - 12:07PM

    I wonder why the Pakistan government has not taken any signaficant action other than banning the site, being an ally of US in war on terror isn’t Pakistan still not in position to ask US authorities over the issue and register its codemnation. If this is the democracy, a government run by people elected by people then why is so the peoples voice is not been interpreted officially by this PEOPLES PARTY GOVERNMENT. Recommend

  • Osama
    May 21, 2010 - 12:08PM

    To everyone who keeps asking: The reason Wikipedia has been blocked is because you can see some of the pictures that were drawn in the contest of the Holy Prophet and read messages that poke fun at the Holy Prophet. Thus until that page is not brought down, which should be soon now, wikipedia remains banned. Recommend

  • A.F.
    May 21, 2010 - 12:22PM

    at Shabah…

    How will the ban stop their revenue?Recommend

  • Nina
    May 21, 2010 - 12:23PM

    Most of us are grateful to the govt for banning these websites, now let’s see if our govt can ban drone strikes by the USA against our fellow Muslims.Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 12:52PM

    They earn from our local companies like Telenor, Ufone, Mobilink, Zong, PIA, Habib Bank etc advertising on their websites and targeting Pakistani audience…

    Pakistani Brands are pouring in Millions of dollars to target Pakistani youth on YouTube and Facebook.

    If that amount is spent on Pakistani sites, it may result in a lot better way and Pakistani internet scene can enter into a new prosperous future.Recommend

  • faizan
    May 21, 2010 - 12:57PM

    @nina: good point.
    I think sometimes we should look beyond our comforts. I welcome Facebook and Youtube ban. But something is bugging me. Why the hell are other Muslim countries Silent.
    As far as wikipedia is concern, i think its a wake up call for all Muslims. We do not have a single Intellectual or research site. No Muslim is thinking of starting something like this. We are busy kissing west A S S. In this situation, i think of great Muslim reformer ; Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. We Muslims need our own encyclopedia and social networking site. Its not impossible. Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 12:58PM

    I think there should be a law of how much a Pakistani Brand can spend on Internet Advertising on Non-Pakistani Websites.

    Just like there was a Ban on brands to advertise on Indian Tv Channels.

    Makes Sense? Guys please comment on this one.Recommend

  • jawad afzal
    May 21, 2010 - 1:12PM

    Another good news that PTA is also banned Twitter which is a good thinking.Recommend

  • King Wardak
    May 21, 2010 - 1:16PM

    Great step from the side of Pakistan governament.
    Facebook and relevent sites should be blocked forever in all Islamic Countries. They are of no worth, however, they waste time.
    In fact, youtube was also publishing these contents so it is also logical, but somehow people study and they need it.
    Wikipedia is one of the best encyclopedias ever found on the net. So it is better to unblock the Wikipedia. It is useful.
    I urge all of the Islamic Countries to block facebook so they can gain no money from us.
    Long Live Islam.Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 1:26PM

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  • Rohan
    May 21, 2010 - 1:28PM

    This is SOOO unfair!! At this moment, I’m REALLY angry at those racists who came up with Prophet Caricatures! They were the ones who started this whole thing, and who are the ones to suffer?? We are the ones who suffer!! The ones who were being attacked are the ones banned from Facebook and Youtube etc. This is REALLY making me angry! But if we look at the bright side, I think theres an advantage aswell, The people who own Youtube and Facebook will start taking serious action against those racists! But I hope this matter will be dealt with as soon as possible, because right now, I’m having my summer vacations and I’m pretty sure most of you are aswell, and I don’t want these to be ruined! I hope there is a quick proper solution to this.Recommend

  • BJ
    May 21, 2010 - 2:34PM

    Commented by FB

    “Why not ban the entire internet???!!! I see that happening too.”

    If you don’t have anything to do on internet rather then browsing silly sites and reading these stupid articles about blah blah so get you *** off from the front of the computer.Why are you asking to shut the internet down, even though it won’t. We people have much work to do here on the internet. We communicate with others, earn and do our business online. Rather then indulging in these hatred things which you people make.Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 3:02PM

    Why the facebook, Wikipedia and Youtube is banned i wanna know what happned in Lahore High CourtRecommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 5:03PM

    It is an appreciative step of PTA to block all the cursed websites. Google is not banned. And if they ban google then alternatives are available such as yahoo, aol,ask etc. Youtube must be banned forever because Youtube repeatedly displaying sacrilegious content and if you ppl remember then Youtube was banned in 2008 for the same shameful and objectionable content that they are showing again. Fcaebook should also get banned forever. We can sacrifice our livers for Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W) so why not these evil sites???? Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 5:08PM

    PPL Who are showing anger on PTA are either ignorant or black-sheeps. Youtube contains sacrilegious content about Muslims and our Prophet. Shame on all of you who are dying for youtube. And same is the case with wikipedia. however we can suggest PTA to ban only those pages that are containing objectionable content rather than banning the entire site. Recommend

  • shady
    May 21, 2010 - 10:28PM

    if you have such a problem with blasphemous content: DONT LOOK AT ITRecommend

  • Hassaan
    May 21, 2010 - 11:45PM

    After 31st May Facebook will be back again. Will we be using it again?Recommend

  • Qadeer
    May 22, 2010 - 12:30PM

    its very good that fb has banned bcoz we cant bear insult of our beloved holy prophet {pbuh}Recommend

  • Asad
    May 22, 2010 - 3:48PM

    Wikipedia is working now.Recommend

  • CAz
    May 24, 2010 - 1:54AM

    Well here We Go.. once Again Pakistan Manages To make A mockery of Itself on The World Stage… And Its People Mislead In the Name Of The Holy Cause… …In No Way Do i..Support The Blasphemous Materials.. Freedom Of Speech… Is Just An Excuse Here To Ridicule Muslims… but ..You Cant Give Someone Death Threats..(Given To Comedy Central Producers)
    And Not Expect Them To Retaliate.. Why Are Other muslim Nations Silent Cause They have Common Sense..Unlike Us Paki,s Sadly… Ask Yourselves What Channel Banned Bollywood When they Were using Our Gods Name In Their songs Not A Single One.. People just Play on Their Hatred… Its A Stupid Decision To Ban Facebook… Youtube And Wikipedia… people should Have Enough Sense To Boycott Such things… What Muslim Would Even Open the Page With the Blasphmous Material.. once again how Stupid Can We Get… and Muslim Power..u Gotta Be Kidding Me… We Are Not Even United How can u Estabilish Muslim Power.. We Are Miles Behind Europe And The US.. Even Behind African Countries Such As Nigeria…In Pakistan We Dont Have The Basic Necessities Of life… Sure you Can Dream Of Muslim Powers in your Sleep…. Wake Up People God Wants Spiritual truth Not Fake Religious mindsRecommend

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