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Pakistan unblocks Facebook

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 31 May 2010 21:54 User comments (10)

Pakistan unblocks Facebook Pakistan has unblocked popular social networking site Facebook today, after two weeks of banning access.
The country will continue to block any individual pages that contain "blasphemous" content, however, which mostly means any page that has an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

The ban went into effect earlier in the month when an online competition started that invited Facebook users to submit drawings of Muhammad. Any image, satirical or not, is considered blasphemous.

Pakistan also censored YouTube and Wikipedia along with over 50 other sites, but most have been unblocked in the past week.

Knowledgeable users worked around the bans at first by using proxy sites with foreign proxies, but officials then blocked all proxy sites as well.

This weekend, Bangladesh also banned Facebook, but said it would only lift the block when all offending material was taken down.

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10 user comments

131.5.2010 22:31

"Knowledgeable users worked around the bans at first by using proxy sites with foreign proxies, but officials then blocked all proxy sites as well."

That's what private VPNs are for.

21.6.2010 12:53

What irony, Face-book where the the face is required to be bagged up.

31.6.2010 20:15

Quick get me a picture of Muhammad.

42.6.2010 2:12
Jeniferaustin
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Unblocking facebook is not a good act of Pakistan government, they should keep blocking this website until the facebook owner apologies for his dirty act.
Mera Pakistan

52.6.2010 4:48

Why not block every website in the world in case they feature a picture of the prophet? (Jihad expected immediately)

62.6.2010 4:57

Makes sense...if they blocked all sites, then people would be more willing to find ways around the blocks. It worked in China; they have had so many blocks that most "techies" do everything through a VPN now.

72.6.2010 21:43

Originally posted by Jeniferaustin:
Unblocking facebook is not a good act of Pakistan government, they should keep blocking this website until the facebook owner apologies for his dirty act.
Mera Pakistan
Agreed, but don't see that happening soon. Has too much money and a big head to boot. Until he gets his off his high horse, they'll be more counties banning Facebook.

811.6.2010 13:13

"Unblocking facebook is not a good act of Pakistan government, they should keep blocking this website until the facebook owner apologies for his dirty act.
Mera Pakistan"

I think you'd better join the REAL world. This censorship might work in the Islamic states that still live in the middle ages but it's got nothing to do with today's world. If computers are the devil's work, why use them? If the contents of Facebook disgust you, why are you using it? Facebook doesn't disgust me so I don't seek any apology.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Jun 2010 @ 13:15

912.6.2010 7:32

I'm sure the whole of Pakistan's IT savvy population are issuing a solemn thank you to the government for their magnanimous gesture. Of course if the government weren't still grubbing around in the dark ages then the ban would never have happened.
As for blasphemy, blas for you, blas for them. Personally I think all religion sucks.
And rabid fervent die hard fanatics who are so twitchy as to describe everything as blasphemous should be locked in a room together to debate which is the true religion/deity until there are none of them left, and let the rest of us get on with our secular lives.

1012.6.2010 22:26

Who would believe, this article seems to have the most sane posters. None of you are barking mad! I am staggered by this especially with the topic. AD is becoming completely certifiable. Maybe you all are MY kind of certifiable.

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