Pakistan lifts YouTube blockade after launch local variant

Jan

19

2016

Pakistan has lifted the blockade on YouTube after three years was set for the publication of an anti-Islamic film. In the meantime, Google has been working on a new version, in which the government could submit removal requests directly.

Youtube logo The new version of YouTube was the Pakistan Telecom Authority through an online process can immediately submit a request for removal of certain materials, as reported Reuters. Thus, users in Pakistan to see the removed content not get more. In 2012, YouTube refused to remove the controversial anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims”. This then led to the blockade of the service. The film itself was violent incidents in Pakistan and other countries as a result.

Last week came Google with for Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka localized versions of YouTube. The ability to remove content the government was one of the conditions under which the highest Pakistani courts would lift the blockade, according to AFP news service. Google has confirmed that time videos that violate local laws will indeed be removed. However, nothing was said about the way a government can submit a removal request and that this is a special process. The company will keep a log of requests and include in its transparency reports.

In Pakistan can impose the death penalty for blasphemy, but this has not happened so far. In 2008 the government had YouTube blocked, then to the film Fitna by Geert Wilders.

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