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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 03:03 AM

Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban, for 3 Minutes

Source: NYT

A ban on YouTube, which Pakistan imposed after an anti-Islam video caused riots in much of the Muslim world, was lifted Saturday, only to be reinstated after three minutes when it was discovered that blasphemous material was still available on the site.

After months of criticism of the ban, the government decided to allow Pakistanis to have access to YouTube again, saying steps had been taken to ensure that offensive content would not be visible. But those efforts apparently failed, and the authorities quickly backtracked.

The ban was imposed on Sept. 17 following violent protests in response to the video, which was made in the United States and ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad. The government then ordered all telecommunications companies to block Internet material deemed offensive to Muslims and urged people to report such material.

But the ban on YouTube came to be seen as censorship, and a growing number of the estimated 25 million Internet users in the country complained.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/30/world/asia/youtube-ban-lifted-in-pakistan-for-3-minutes.html

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alp227 Dec 2012 OP
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #1
Tunkamerica Dec 2012 #3
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #2
cosmicone Dec 2012 #4
gadjitfreek Dec 2012 #5
DavidWD72 Dec 2012 #6

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 03:07 AM

1. Barely enough time to get through the popup ads.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 04:32 AM

3. popup ads?

you have to be at least a little proactive... adblocker or something

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 03:26 AM

2. How many more hits did Oppan Gangnam Style get?

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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 07:12 AM

4. Pakistan is a joke. n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 08:15 AM

5. How weak must they think their religion is

If they feel they have to hide "blasphemy" from their people? How mighty can Allah and Mohammed be if just watching videos on YouTube can threaten belief in them? And I'm not just picking on Islam. There are plenty of Christians who love to play the blasphemy game too...look at the current salvo in the "War on Christmas", the holiday that has taken over the entire autumn season as of late. Religion is a ridiculous holdover from our more primitive days but I am beginning to wonder if, despite all our wonderful toys, we are not still in our primitive days...or if we will ever escape them.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 12:31 PM

6. A religion of peace. AKA I Kill You!

How dare we say Islam is not the religion of peace. Thats just going to get someone killed.

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