The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has officially ordered to all internet service providers (ISPs) to reopen access to Youtube for Pakistani internet users. Youtube was banned in the country over three and a half years and now it is going to reopen in Pakistan.
According to the officials the internet users across Pakistan will be able to access the website within the next 48 hours. The development comes days after the PTA told the Supreme Court in a report that it was now possible to remove objectionable videos from the website after Google launched a localized of Youtube for Pakistan. PTA had told the court that objectionable content had been removed from the localised version of the website.
PTA Officially Unblocks Youtube in Pakistan
The official said that
“They have blocked the unwanted content which was the main point of contention and it has been solved”.
The official added:
We acted as a messenger in this case. You do realise the sensitivity of the matter. So we did what government told us to do,
After the launch of Google’s localized versions in Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, there remains no reasons to unblock youtube in Pakistan.
A Google spokesperson had said
“We aim to provide an even more tailored YouTube experience by launching versions that are optimised for Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. We also hope that this will pave the way for the work of local creators, personalities, and musicians to shine on the world’s largest and most vibrant video community,”. “We continue to engage with industry, governments, and civil society groups globally to ensure the Internet remains open, safe, and secure.”
With over 1 billion monthly users worldwide, YouTube is the world’s largest online video sharing community, and is now available in 88 countries locally, as well as in 76 global languages.