Twitter was blocked by the government of Pakistan due to anti-Islamic links and content available on the social networking site.
On Sunday Twitter, the social networking site, was blocked by Pakistan. One of Pakistan’s high-powered telecommunications officials noted that the country’s actions were conditioned upon Twitter’s refuse to take off material regarded insulting to Islam.
The chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication’s Authority Mohammad Yaseen in his statement said that the material was advancing a competition on Facebook to post depictions of Muhammad, Islam’s Prophet. For many Muslims Prophet’s images, even positive ones, are a demonstration of blasphemy.
Referring to Yaseen, Pakistan finally arranged with Facebook about removal from its site Prophet’s images, what can’t be said about Twitter that refused to meet conditions of Pakistani officials.
Yaseen said that the negotiations with Twitter had been going on until last night, but Twitter’s management refused to take off the material, that’s why it was eventually blocked.
According to Yaseen to block the site was a direct order of Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology.
Even now the ministry officials keep trying to persuade Twitter to remove that stuff. Yaseen noted that as soon as the site fulfills the requirements of Pakistani government, it’ll be unblocked.
Unfortunately, Twitter and Facebook’s officials were not available to comment on the matter.
In 2010 Facebook already had problems with the law of Pakistan. Then Pakistan’s top court banned Facebook for complaints over the similar competition. However, in two weeks, when Facebook disabled the particular page in Pakistan, the ban was canceled.
Meanwhile, the government of Pakistan claimed it would go on monitoring other websites to prevent anti-Islamic content and links.
The 2010 Facebook litigation resulted in mass protests throughout Pakistan, mainly by radical Islamic groups’ members. In most cases, the protests were accompanied by signs promulgating war against Facebook for permitting the page.
Moreover, that litigation made a considerable number of commentators, who were interested why Pakistanis couldn’t just decide for themselves whether to visit or not that site, to make soul-searching. In some commentators’ opinion, Pakistan with its actions wanted to show it stands for conservative Islam in the country.