Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to remain blocked until law and order situation improves: PTA

Published: November 25, 2017
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Crackdown started early Saturday morning PHOTO: AFP

Crackdown started early Saturday morning PHOTO: AFP

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said on Saturday that social networking websites Facebook and Twitter and video-sharing sites YouTube and Dailymotion would remain blocked in the country until the law and order situation improved.

However, the telecom watchdog added that there had been no instructions to block cell phone services so far.

Access to these websites was blocked hours after law enforcers launched an operation to break up a protest sit-in in Islamabad, drawing the ire of Pakistani internet users.

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Millions of Pakistanis rely on private television channels and social media platforms for updates on the events unfolding in the country following the Islamabad crackdown.

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Supreme Court takes notice of Faizabad sit-in

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But then the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) ordered private television channels to go off-air, fearing live coverage of the Islamabad operation could trigger protests elsewhere in the country.

After the electronic media blackout, people turned to popular social networking websites for information, but Facebook, Twitter and Youtube were also blocked by the authorities in an effort to stop information from trickling out.

Complaints of inaccessibility started pouring in on Twitter mid-afternoon on Saturday. Some users say the social media ‘blackout’ is restricting people from their right to information.

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Civilians took to Twitter to register their reactions to the clampdown:

“Edhi ambulances are helping the injured despite of Khadim Hussain bashing Edhi. Because as Edhi once said : “my ambulances are more muslim than you.”

Crackdown launched on Faizabad sit-in blocking Islamabad

Social media celebrity and anchorperson Hamza Ali Abbasi took to social media to share his thoughts on the ongoing crackdown saying:

 

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Reza
    Nov 25, 2017 - 10:15PM

    Why Facebook YouTube is blocked in Pakistan city quettaRecommend

  • khalid
    Nov 26, 2017 - 10:45PM

    the gov;of pakistan ban fb,and social websites and video sharing sites like youtube ,dailymotion
    why goverment of pakistan blocking social netwroks??Recommend

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