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Twitter could be blocked in Pakistan by country’s telecom authority

Micro-blogging platformTwitter has been warned by Pakistan’s telecom authority that the micro-blogging site could be banned in the country for not complying with its directive to block objectionable content.

Previously, Facebook was banned in the country twice in 2008 and then again in 2010. In September 2012, the Pak¬istan Telecommuni¬cation Authority (PTA) blocked access to YouTube throughout the country for over two years. They complied with requests from the government to block objectionable contentcomplied with requests from the government to block objectionable contentcomplied with requests from the government to block objectionable content. Twitter ignored hundred requests from Pakistan to block certain offensive material. The debate regarding the suspension of the network stemmed out of a case heard by the Islamabad High Court regarding the promotion of controversial content on social media.

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“The PTA Internet Policy has conveyed the court’s concern to Twitter, but has not got a response. The regulatory authority will implement court orders if Twitter does not respond to the final notice,” Director Nisar Ahmed said. “The court is determined to teach Twitter a lesson,  they will lose business,” he added. Social media is not just for recreation and entertainment. There are jobs and households associated with the business. Blocking social media websites will have both social and economic impacts,”” Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf information secretary Fawad Chaudhry has said. His party was against any kind of censorship on free media. Twitter was not as popular in Pakistan as Facebook, so it had little to lose.

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