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Ban On YouTube No More By Pakistan

on April 14, 2010

In a news Pakistan reported to have lifted a ban on YouTube, as the website has removed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Pakistan further added that an earlier worldwide outage flicker by its actions were not at all intentional.

According to the Telecommunications officials YouTube is running back as normal and has removed “highly profane and sacrilegious footage” that was considered against Islam. Further in a press release, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) spokesman said, “We have issued instructions to all internet service providers that YouTube should be unblocked as the specific content has been removed by the website,”

YouTube has still not confirmed if it had removed the material, against which the whole controversy was. The controversy in point came when Danish newspaper republished controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed earlier this month. It was only after that incidence, that authorities ordered the blocking of the website at the weekend in order to protest against the site however the move prompted worldwide problems accessible for several hours.

On Monday, YouTube stated that an ISP complying with Pakistan’s ban on the website routed many worldwide users to nowhere for a couple of hours over the weekend. Further a senior PTA official said, “This was not intentional and might have happened when an international company, which is routing Internet traffic to Pakistan, tried to block the specific [web address]”

The effect of ban was not seen equally everywhere as there are reports that some Pakistani users were able to access YouTube through at least one major service provider that relies on a foreign-based router.
YouTube in order to avoid such incidence in future is taking all necessary actions, a further report stated.

As against all this the citizens of Pakistan have been holding different opinion for the whole incidence.
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