Majority of Pakistanis Are Unhappy About YouTube Ban, They Blame Google For it: Survey

Rozee Research recently did a survey to find out from the educated community of Pakistan as to how, if applicable, YouTube ban has affected them.

Rozee.PK’s survey tried to dig out into which sub-sector, students vs. employed has been affected by the YouTube ban and in what ways. Are people happy with ban? do they perceive it as justified? Who do they blame, (Google, Government etc. ) and why? Has the business been affected (less revenue generation from ads), what alternatives have been in use, and whether this ban has really resulted in something beneficial for the people of Pakistan and of course the economy at large.

More than 3000 people responded to this survey from across Pakistan and here are the results that were exclusively shared with ProPakistani for the readers:


  • 30 percent respondents came to know of ban through digital media channels
  • 88 percent respondents used to access and use YouTube before ban, who don’t use YouTube anymore
  • 68 percent people think that they are unable to watch videos of their choice anymore
  • 30 percent people have shifted to alternate video service
  • Before ban, majority of users used to watch instructional and self-help videos (75%), while half of respondents said that they used to watch Islamic Lectures (52%) while 69% said that they used to watch movie trailers and songs
  • After the ban, 40 percent respondents have unfavourable opinion about Google, before ban this ratio was mere 6 percent
  • 62 percent respondents said that Google is being unreasonable for not removing the anti-Islam videos which irked the ban
  • 48 percent respondents believe that Google is the real culprit for getting YouTube banned
  • 29 percent believed that Government of Pakistan hasn’t lodged a formal request to YouTube
  • 27 percent think that neither Google nor Government of Pakistan is interesting in opening YouTube
  • 46 percent respondents were unhappy about the ban, 43 percent were okay with the ban

Why YouTube is Banned?

Surprisingly 95% of the respondents who took the survey knew the answer to that one. The rest either didn’t know (3%) or thought it’s because of bandwidth issues (0.6%) or pornographic content on YouTube (0.7%).


Power of Media

The power of media in making those 95% aware of the video’s presence can be seen in the fact that a whopping 45% of them found about it via National News (TV/Print/Radio/Online). 30% of them found about it via their online social media connections; 14% found it themselves on YouTube; and 11% learnt about it via grapevine.


Decline in Viewership

Before the ban on YouTube a whopping 88% of the respondents used it. Of these, 54% used to browse videos on YouTube daily.



After the ban on YouTube, the viewership has declined to 12% who are still able to access YouTube via a proxy. In addition to this, 42% respondents admitted not browsing videos at all because of the ban on YouTube.


15% student respondents admitted still being able to use and access YouTube, comparatively more than the unemployed (13%) and employed respondents (11%).


Another interesting trend is seen in the fact that the use and access to YouTube diminishes as the respondents’ age increases. Where 16% of the respondents below 20 admit still using YouTube, for those above the age of 45, the rate falls to 8%.


In the Aftermath of the Ban

69% of the respondents, who used YouTube before the ban, said because of the ban they have been unable to view videos of their choice. For others it has resulted in monetary losses: for individuals who used to it promote their business (9%), advertisers (6%) and has disrupted their other Google Services causing problems in business operations (14%). However, 30% of the respondents reported they have been able to cover up their losses by switching to alternatives.


Majority of respondents, who used YouTube primarily before it was banned, said they watched instructional and self-help videos (75%), Islamic Lectures (52%), and movie trailers and songs (69%).


The preference for males and females for using YouTube differs slightly with females showing comparatively more preference to watching Dramas than their male counterparts. However, surprising to note where 54% of the men who used YouTube use it for religious purposes, while only 38% females have been using it for this purpose. clip_image021


Instructional, learning and self help videos tops as a reason for using YouTube for both men and women. One aspiring artist from Lahore voices her distress over the ban, “I’m a poor artist who cannot afford fancy productions and Media releases. All I had to promote my cause and my music is now taken away from me…. And there are many like myself who are trying to spread positivity, peace, love and healing. Also as a corporate trainer, I used a lot of useful videos on YouTube in my work, now I cannot. Other sites don’t offer half as much useful information and insights and instructional videos.”

Disappointed with Google?

Whereas 69% of respondents had a favorable view of Google before the YouTube blocking, this number dropped to only 29%.  39% now view Google unfavorably and of these 20% held the view that Google was antagonistic towards Muslims.




For males, the opinion about YouTube after the ban has drastically switched; with 6.6% considering it unfavorable before the ban, but after the ban a whopping 40% have an unfavorable opinion about Google and their YouTube services.



How Just Is Google?

Only 15% feel that Google’s action decision to not remove the video is justified. However a massive 64% of the respondents were of the opinion that Google has been unreasonable with its decision to not remove the video from YouTube.


The perception doesn’t falter for employed, student or unemployed respondents as each feel Google is being unreasonable by not removing the video. Employed respondents (63%), however, comparatively feel more hurt by Google’s adamant nature.


Google vs. the Government of Pakistan

48% Pakistanis feel that Google isn’t allowing the removal of the video from YouTube which is why the decision to unban YouTube in Pakistan is still pending. Others are of the view that it is the Government of Pakistan that hasn’t lodged a formal request to YouTube for the removal of the video. Users of YouTube in the past have exposed prominent members from Pakistan government and political parties in compromising videos and 27% feel that it could be a possible explanation as to why there has been a delay in YouTube being banned from Pakistan. Some of them (27%) also felt that it could be both Google and Government of Pakistan’s lack of interest in the matter which has caused a delay in decision regarding the ban on YouTube.



Why Is Google Being Uncompromising?

A majority (27%) believe Google does not care about Pakistan to be bothered with the efforts for unblocking. Others (20%) are of the view that Google is being hypocritical because it had blocked the video in India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia but not Pakistan. Rest of the respondents (12%) feel that reason why Google has not blocked the video is because it is against Islam and Muslims and Google is upholding interests of the US State Department and CIA (14%).

However, a meager 9% feel that the video does not violate YouTube’s Term of Use, and hence makes Google justified in their actions.


Ban or Not to Ban: That is the Question

A majority of the respondents (46%) are unhappy with the ban declaring their disappointment at how the ban isn’t for the better. 44%, however, felt that the ban is justified.

Of those who oppose the ban, held Google (35%) and Sam Bacile, the creator of the video (34%) primarily responsible for the ban on YouTube. Others’ view was divided between the Government of Pakistan (16%), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (8%), and Rahman Malik (3%).



Female respondents are less welcoming of the ban as their male counterparts with 52% of them opposing the ban. Male respondents feel most torn in their decision to evaluate the ban on YouTube with almost equal number (45%) opposing and appreciating the ban. clip_image049


Respondents working status break down shows a similar perception for the three classes: employed (46%), student (42%) and unemployed (47%); with the majority feeling the ban isn’t for the better.



In a nutshell, the ban has been unwelcoming by the Pakistani internet community at large. However, Google and its YouTube services have severely taken the hit with the ban in place with their unyielding decision to not remove the controversial content. Majority feels they have acted in an extremely hypocritical way and their antagonism for Pakistani Muslim community is very much obvious through their resolute on keeping the video on their site in Pakistan only.



More than 3000 respondents took the online survey from across 165 cities in Pakistan; with majority of respondents being males and belonging to the age group 26-30.




62% of the respondents were employed with 15% student respondents taking part in the survey.

Majority of respondents hailed from Lahore (25.56%), Karachi (23.92%), Islamabad (14.71%), Rawalpindi (5.25%) and Peshawar (3.92%).


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

  • Superb Survey, A detailed Demand of Pakistani’s in formed way. GEO Pakistani: i have also take this survey before a days ago.

    • Youtube worth than, Ask the values for students, the data related to education from all over the world. and Best knowledge source is close in pakistan, even you know what the best. is not at that level to provide the extreme level of knowledge source. it takes years to make repo at minimal level of Youtube. i am not saying is not worthless, or not a good step but neither indeed of youtube.

    • lol……. is not going to work as a good alternative of youtube. We are bloggers and we have to view tutorials, make tutorials. Tutorials are really big source of traffic toward our blogs. If I am given an option of youtube or for tutorials, I will definatly choose Youtube, because is not being viewed worldwide. It is only viewed by some pakistanis.

      • I think VU is offering full course on CDs/DVDs besides handouts and also providing a fully interactive LMS and several other resources. So this basn should not create any issue for VU students. Please note it doesn’t mean I am in the favor of this ban.

        • VU students consult many online resources. Their classroom is arguably internet. One example is KhanAcademy.

        • Yes they do offer it, but you have to order it online, print out the receipt, deposit it in a selected bank and wait for the TCS that can arrive in a week. What if you want to take benefit of millions of other educational videos not offered by VU in CDs/DVDs?

    • Are you serious ? There’s no comparison of Youtube yet. is not loaded with even 1% of content that Youtube has. All i can find on is PK dramas or Talkshows. No educational stuff or original content as in case of youtube.

  • Thing is Pakistani Government mishandled the issue. They didn’t gone to Google after they first uploaded the vids. They would have gone to them to get them blocked in Pakistan. They on other hand blocked youtube. Later when they gone to google for specific vids and their copies blocked, google didn’t heard. They also shown no interest about availability of their service to Pakistanis. Have more to say, will come back.

    • Unfortunately pakistanis are not a big market for YouTube. it doesn’t have local servers like India. therefore Google isn’t obliged to local laws. however they can restrict videos with location

  • I don’t even understand the point of blocking Youtube for yourself.. if someone’s faith is so weak that he will become an infidel by watching that video then he isn’t a Muslim in the first place.

    • Power-plays all around. Pakistan wanted to defuse a dumb situation which their own media helped create and spread. Google on the other hand told it to go fuck herself.

  • Its really good to see that people are talking about, guys we have been in constant development but as you already know the situation of electricity, it is effecting our speed but I promise we will NOT STOP.

    Our website DO lacks educational videos so help us in PUTTING some stuff that we love to watch and also want to share with the community. Please drop me an email – arslan @ who wants to be a contributor and help us make a Knowledge Center.

    Suggestions/Feedbacks are always welcome.

    P.S we are not in favor of banning youtube, neither we are FULLY ready to compete but Insh’Allah will fill the void.

  • i am also in “not browsing videos at all because of the ban on YouTube.” coz proxy sites n other services dont give that user experience ;[
    AND btw most interesting thing in that survey was out of 3000 majority are unemployed (including me) ;]

  • A nation that’s weak in Faith. Pakistanis are first to blame everything but themselves. How about blaming the mullas who have ruined our country? For successfully introducing this low and pathetic mindset of banning everything other damn thing!?

  • Atleast No More Ads For Youtube From Pakistan
    im not gonna die if youtube will still remain ban in pakistan
    i just watch softwares tutorials :p not more important then ISLAM

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