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Pakistan blocks Facebook, YouTube because of ‘growing sacrilegious content’

The Pakistani government has blocked access to Facebook because a page on the social networking site was encouraging users to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Google-owned video sharing site YouTube has also been banned in the country because of “growing sacrilegious content”. Access to the online encyclopaedia site Wikipedia is also restricted, but it’s not clear if the government had intended to do so.

The Pakistani government has blocked access to Facebook because a page on the social networking site was encouraging users to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Google-owned video sharing site YouTube has also been banned in the country because of “growing sacrilegious content”. Access to the online encyclopaedia site Wikipedia is also restricted, but it’s not clear if the government had intended to do so.

According to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, the government acted against both Facebook and YouTube after it failed to persuade the websites to remove the “derogatory material.” The regulatory body has, however, welcomed representatives from the two websites to contact the Pakistani government to resolve the dispute in a way that “ensures religious harmony and respect.” [Source: HuffingtonPost]

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