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YouTube to Remain Blocked in Pakistan as Google Denies to Remove Anti Islamic Content

breaking-youtube-blocked-in-pakistanYouTube is likely to remain blocked in Pakistan for more time as recent talks between Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and Google for blockade of anti-Islamic content in Pakistan have failed, told us sources familiar with the matter.

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Google, the parent company of YouTube, is reportedly not agreeing to block the access of anti-Islamic content in Pakistan and hence the government of Pakistan is going to maintain the permanent ban on the video sharing website in Pakistan.

On Directions of Raja Pervez Ashraf, Prime Minister of Pakistan, YouTube, world’s largest video sharing website, was banned in Pakistan on September 17th, 2012 when large scale protests were observed worldwide against a movie mocking Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) was uploaded on YouTube.

Pakistan and several other governments had asked Google to remove the video from the website but Google has been denying the requests. Instead it blocked the access of blasphemous videos in various countries, including Egypt, Libya, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and India, however, it didn’t block the videos in Pakistan in response to which government had to block the entire website through local ISPs.

It merits mentioning here that YouTube has this ability to block the access of certain videos in certain countries. It also has the technology to block all copies of a video (which are uploaded by different users) and all its replicas, which is otherwise not possible through URL filtering at local ISPs level.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has reportedly tried several times to convince Google for the blockade of anti-Islamic content in Pakistan, however, it is strange that Google is not agreeing to block such videos on the demand of Pakistani government, while it has done so in several other countries.

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Tech and telecom reporter with over 15 years of experience, he works as founder of ProPakistani.PK

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    • Oye Talaab k dadoo, Youtube pe sirf songs aur gandi videos hee nahi hoti … its full of learning material. Haan par janab aap jaison ko kya farak parta hai, aap pehle bhi dadoo thay aur kal bhi dadoo hee rahein ge (talaab k).

      • hum konsa keh rahay hain kay youtube per sirf “gandi” videos hee hoti hay.. wesy gandi videos hum nay to nahi dekhi kabhi youtube per O.o are you sure you type youtube.com and nothing else (the other tube), as the “gandi” videos are not available ever on youtube.. or may be you suppose to raise your level of “gandi” videos ;)

  • Google has a partnership agreement which it signs with governments against which it does allow for specific content to be blocked upon request. Pakistani government refuses to sign that agreement but forces them to block the content too. It does not work like that im afraid. All the countries that did manage to get the content blocked are partners with Google …

  • PTA should think to block google other services . Google is still getting revenue from Pakistan from adsense and adwords. They are getting billions of rupee from Pakistani market.

    • Google Revenue per Quarter = 15000 millions
      Google Earning from Pakistan = 500 millions per year (or 125 million per quarter)

      Profit percentage per quarter = 125/15000 * 100 = 0.83% of total profit..

      na yaar this loss will not effect google at all!!

      • Small amounts do make a difference. Aren’t you aware of shady companies Google set up in Cyprus etc just to evade miniscule amounts in govt. taxes?

    • Billions of Rupees from Pak ?? Stop kidding .. plus billions of rupees don’t even make a dent to what Google makes over all and if you crazy people allow Google to do proper business here how many Millions of $$$ Google can bring in as an investment .. but NO .. ignorant and uninformed opinions all around …

  • No more enthusiasm left for YouTube. I guess majority has managed to surf without even knowing the youtube factor.

    P. S Google growing up? I guess no!!! lol

  • can local isp’s or pta itself not block the only blasphemous video on youtube’s pakistan version???????

    • Yeah block everything, cut off electricity too, burn everything…apna sar phaar lo, teach the world this way.

      We dun give a damn, we are happy as OUT-DATED un-perh awaam.

    • What an ignorant response and thinking !! You know what it means to BAN GOOGLE Services ?? No internet .. well if you were aware enough you have not posted such a comment .

    • Lets all install ad blocking extensions to shove a ___ up Google’s ____. May not make a difference but we should do our part.

      • I am using it because Hotspot Shield adds tons of ads to any page you visit not because I’ve anything against Google. In fact I admire Google and what they’re doing to change the world.

    • guys there are few questions still unanswered.
      1. Why google has block content in other countries even in country like india but refuse the same in Pakistan. Answer what i think is simple, that our gov. dont want to do that. if it really want to block the entire content in this country, there is no way google deny their proper request. Our gov. is misleading the people and block the entire website to make sure that there anti.gov or anti. politician content are also blocked.
      2. After facing such a high pressure from people around the world, why google people are still continuing to broadcast that nonsense material just to make few happy? i believe if someone launch any content against jewism or any other religion, they imediately block them and blacklisted that user for future. Why the “independence of expression'” is only for anti islam movements? (same as the facebook welcome all such objectionable and obnoxious content pages against islam but delete all such pages against other religion as per there rules).

      Daal mein kuch kala hay.

      Better to think in more wider way rather than to fight and burn each other assets.

  • I seriously dont know why ao much ignorant is propakistani reporter google has an agreement with those country u mention and thats why they block the video. In their specific region but there is no agreement with pakistan so on what bases they would listen to pak …. Pakistan should take steps to made an agreement with google so they can enforce that way but hamari hakumat jaahil hai tu ki karey

    • I think the more ignorant part would be of ProPakistani actually reporting the real cause last year but instead stating the following today:

      “it is strange that Google is not agreeing to block such videos on the demand of Pakistani government”

  • Pakistani people dun care about Youtube and Google services, cuz 95% of them use Youtube for posting and searching videos related to chawalism, and Google..com to check whether internet is On or not. Thats it !!!

    Is liye aap yahan har fankaar ko yehi kehte sunein ge k kar do block, sabaq sikha do, aag laga do, ulta taang do, bla bla. In mein se zayada woh hain jo chahtay hain k duniya khud ko theek kar le par hum aise hee rahein ge, humein to jo bhi dekhne ko milay ga woh hum dekhein ge, we can’t resist anything, chahey woh koi gandi video ho ya koi larki ho…hum to dekhein ge, khud perdah karna hai to karo.

  • Youtube is not some milk feeder for me like many others. I dont care about google and youtube. I am with my own government, religion and people against this ban. Because i am not some “sir phirra” nojwan of today mashghool in the colours of life making fun of “Aashiq-e-Rasool” or my country or my religion to make enemy happy.

  • After mobile service blockage, gas load shedding, electricity blackout, there will be some day Govt. will block the entire Internet.
    AND THIS DAY IS NOT TOO FAR…
    The real reason for blocking youtube is to hide evil deeds of politicians and other personalities.

  • Its just like saying that if one goes to US to study, he/she should not go to a library as they all have material against Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H).
    But does anyone know the real reason why Google is restricting access to that obnoxious material in some countries but not in Pakistan? There must be a logical answer.

  • Last time I checked, if I wanted to find criminals and gangsters in a city, I knew where to go. If I didn’t want to look for them, I didn’t visit that part of the city.

    Last time I checked, if I wanted to find blasphemy on Youtube, I knew where to go. If I didn’t want to look, I didn’t visit that part of Youtube.

    Did I agitate to destory the city? No. Did I agitate to ban the site? No.

    Do I have a short-circuit in my brain when it comes to Our Prophet? Absolutely not. I follow our Prophet’s example: I PERFORM DIALOG.

    You can follow someone else’s example by banning, sure, it is all your choice. I am responsible on the DAy of Judgement for HOW I USED MY GOD-GIVEN SKILLS, not for how I thought I was better than other people and kept my skills away from the people who need it most, which is people who need Da’wah the most.

    I am 100% sure Allah will not ask me why I didn’t try to preach Islam. Are you? By preventing me (and ALL Pakistanis including scholars) from performaing dawah, you are on shaky grounds my friends.

    My only problem is I have not tried to preach enough and practice enough. Can you say the same?

  • Well PTA should continue blockage of Youtube. People who cant live without it have already sorted out otherways. Rest dont give a damn.!

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