The Pakistan Ministry for Information and Technology has once again after 2 years, blocked the social networking website Twitter, today because the site refused to remove material considered offensive, which was basically a competition to upload pictures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The competition on Facebook which was being promoted cross platform on Twitter was blasphemous in nature, which by Islamic Laws is offence of the highest order.
Yaseen, the Minister for Information and Technology said Facebook agreed to address Pakistan’s concerns, but Twitter refused.
”We have been negotiating with them until last night, but they did not agree to remove the stuff, so we had to block it. The ministry officials are still trying to make them (Twitter) agree, and once they remove that stuff, the site will be unblocked,” said Yaseen.
Facebook was banned in 2010 over anger over a similar competition. The ban was lifted about two weeks later, after Facebook blocked the particular page in Pakistan. The Pakistani government said at the time that it would continue to monitor other major websites for anti-Islamic links and content. Even now major ISP’s and PTCL have been instructed to block Twitter and hence the service remains unavilable as of 5:30 PM on Sunday.
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