Monday, 21 May 2012

Change Pakistan lifts ban on Twitter

Authorities in Pakistan have restored public access to Twitter, just hours after blocking the social networking site for publishing what it called "messages offensive to Islam".

Reports say the 8-hour long ban was enforced over a Twitter competition calling for the submission of images of the Prophet Muhammad.
Images of the Prophet are forbidden in Islam.

The chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Mohammed Yaseen told the Associated Press on Saturday that Twitter was blocked after it refused to remove the material.

Despite the ban, AP reported that many people in Pakistan were still able to access the site by using software that disguises the user's location.

Over the past year thousands of websites have been blocked without warning in Pakistan, including pornographic sites and those considered to be "anti-government".

- UKAsian Staff

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