Twitter Blocked in Pakistan

Micro-blogging website Twitter has been temporarily banned across Pakistan on Sunday by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

According to the Ministry of Information Technology, twitter was blocked because it failed to respond and take action regarding the publishing of blasphemous content. The IT ministry claims it had contacted twitter several times over this matter even sending faxes overnight but it had failed to respond.

In 2010 following a Lahore High Court ruling, facebook was blocked in Pakistan for the same reason. Twitter has grown in popularity in the last few years and it is estimated that 6 million people use it in Pakistan.

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