Pakistan lifts YouTube ban

Pakistan lifts YouTube ban

Pakistan lifts YouTube ban

Written by Staff Writer

19 Jan, 2016 | 2:12 pm

Pakistan has this week lifted a three-year ban on YouTube, days after customized versions of the video streaming site were launched across the region.

Pakistan banned access to YouTube in September 2012 after an anti-Islam film, “Innocence of Muslims”, was uploaded to the site, sparking violent protests across major cities in the Muslim-majority country of 190 million people.

Under the new version of YouTube, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) can ask for access to offending material to be blocked, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom said in a statement.

YouTube maintains more than 85 country-specific sites around the world in order to showcase local content, and in some cases to comply with local censorship laws.

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