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Pakistan lifts Youtube ban for three minutes

Posted By Enrique Manalang On January 3, 2013 @ 12:48 AM In World Wide Web | 11 Comments

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When a blasphemous video of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) began circulating and inciting riots last year, Pakistan’s government decided to ban Youtube altogether. The government decided to lift the ban a few days ago, only to reinstate it after three minutes. Why, that’s not even enough time to watch Gangnam Style!

The Pakistani government decided to allow the site after taking measures to prevent blasphemous or offensive content from showing up in their region. It appears that those measures haven’t quite done the job because immediately after lifting the ban, they discovered that offensive content would still be available — leading them to ban access to Youtube again, after only three minutes.

Hopefully the Pakistani government can find a way to filter out that content, and users in Pakistan can get back to watching cute cat videos.

[via The Verge [2]]

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