The Pakistani government blocked all social media platforms in the country until 3 p.m. today. The ban comes on the grounds of maintaining public order in the country following violent demonstrations by a banned religious party. The ban applies to popular social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Also Read – Top Instagram Features Inspired By TikTok
Users in Pakistan will be able to access these social media sites after 3 p.m. Several reports mention that the government has given directives to these social media platforms to remove violent and offensive content. Also Read – From Clubhouse Android App To Facebook Becoming Meta, Here’s How Your Favorite Social Media Apps Changed In 2021
Pakistan blocks social media today
Pakistan’s telecommunications regulator previously blocked TikTok for failing to screen offensive and immoral content on the platform. At the time, it was said that the ban had been imposed due to several complaints about immoral and indecent content on the social platform. Additionally, the PTA has also warned apps like PUBG, dating apps, and YouTube to ban content or face an operation ban. Also Read – Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger Users Targeted in Phishing Scam
India, a neighbor of Pakistan, also implemented similar laws earlier this year to report offensive content on social media. The Indian government has moved closer to banning Twitter in India following the latter’s decision to defend free speech.
Last year, the Indian government banned TikTok, PUBG Mobile, and hundreds of other Chinese-sourced apps over the border dispute with China. The apps remain banned and the government is unwilling to let them run in the country unless they base their data storage in India.
The bans on TikTok and PUBG Mobile have had a substantial impact on Indian users. The removal of TikTok saw other players like Instagram and MX Player take control of the short video platform arena. The ban on PUBG Mobile has seen its publisher try to release the game under a different banner, but has so far been unlucky with the approvals. Gamers, however, were able to play the game with VPN access as well as download updates through websites.