Twitter Blocks ‘Blasphemous’ content in Pakistan after Complaints



Micro blogging web site Twitter has blocked dozens of tweets and money owed in Pakistan after officials requested for get right of entry to “blasphemous” and “unethical” content to be stopped.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least 5 requests from may just 5 to 14 asking Twitter to dam get admission to specific tweets and bills for customers in the Islamic republic.

It’s regarded as the first time Twitter has withheld content namely for users in Pakistan, although the government has shut the website down prior to now.

Most of the offending subject matter involved anti-Islam money owed and annual on-line competitors to attract caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed; however the debts of three US porn stars have been also listed.

Religion in Pakistan, the place 97 % of the inhabitants are Muslims, is intensely delicate and images of the prophet, which can be forbidden in Islam, cause grave offence.

Pakistan blocked Twitter totally for a short period in could 2012, along with fob, over the identical competition.

But in line with the web page chilling results Clearinghouse the most recent episode is the primary time Twitter has agreed to withhold content material for customers in Pakistan.

Chilling results is collaboration between several US legislation schools which displays makes an attempt to suppress online content material. Twitter works in partnership with the website online to put up requests to withhold its content material.

Attempts via AFP in Islamabad to get admission to the material in question had been met with messages announcing the content was once withheld in Pakistan.

In its requests to Twitter, PTA described the content material, which additionally included photography of the Koran being desecrated, as “blasphemous” and “unethical” and said it violated the Pakistani penal code.

A PTA reliable mentioned they continuously write to Twitter and Facebook asking them to eliminate objectionable content material.

“We had requested Twitter to do away with the unethical and blasphemous tweets and searches and it’s just right that they have taken motion,” the legitimate advised AFP.

Perceived insults to Islam and the prophet can provoke violent public reactions in Pakistan.

The United States of America’s strict blasphemy regulations, at present the topic of a struggle pitching the authorities in opposition to probably the most major TV stations, can raise the dying penalty.

A crude anti-Islam film posted to youtube in 2012 prompted violent street protests in Pakistan that left more than 20 folks lifeless and led the government to block the video-sharing website online — a ban that remains in force.

Pakistan’s parliament on could 6 voted unanimously to carry a ban on youtube, in a non-binding decision that was once on the other hand welcomed by way of free speech campaigners as an important symbolic transfer.

Twitter did not in an instant respond to an AFP request for remark.