IT Minister's Twitter account deactivated amidst critique of policies

PTA representatives and IT Ministry earlier said they could not block objectionable material on the website.

Web Desk 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.


Jamil Maqsood | 10 years ago | Reply

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.

LUMS | 10 years ago | Reply

@Mj: Could not Agree more!!

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