Pakistan lifts 3-year ban from YouTube

Google has launched a local version of YouTube for Pakistan, giving more control to PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority). Allowing the department to block any offending material specifically, instead of blocking the whole service country wide.

YouTube was banned in September 2012 after an anti-Islam movie – Innocence of Muslims was uploaded to the service, causing violent protests across the country.

With the launch of YouTube Pakistan, PTA can directly request Google/YouTube to remove any content that the local government finds offending. Thus, the government lifting a 3-year ban on the service.

As part of the ban lift, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said,

Google has provided an online web process through which requests for blocking access of the offending material can be made by PTA to Google directly and Google/YouTube will accordingly restrict access to the said offending material for users within Pakistan.
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