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Pakistan has blocked the popular video sharing website ‘YouTube’ in a bid to contain ‘blasphemous’ content on Thursday.
This comes in the backdrop of a PTA ban on the popular social networking website Facebook after a controversy surrounding the website hosting an event promoting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
PTA blocked access to Facebook on a court order over a competition created by a Facebook user who set up a page called ‘Draw Mohammed Day’, inviting people to send in caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on May 20. Protests have been taking place across the country against Facebook’s failure to remove the offensive page off the social network.
Internet users across the country have also reported being unable to access the English section of popular internet encyclopedia website, Wikipedia. Pakistani bloggers on the micro-blogging website Twitter are in an uproar on what they claim to be a ban on Wikipedia, the popular internet encyclopedia website, and video hosting website YouTube. YouTube was also blocked in the country in 2007 for about a year for what it called un-Islamic videos.