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Pakistan lifts ban on YouTube after Google offers localized version

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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has decided to lift a ban on video sharing website YouTube after nearly four years with Google offering a localized version, which the government will be able to monitor for the removal of any material considered offensive, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) spokesman announced on Monday. > Big News Network

The PTA official said that the telecommunications authorities in coordination with the Information Ministry had finalised all the arrangements and unblocked the application for the users in Pakistan.

On the recommendation of the PTA, the government of Pakistan had allowed access to recently launched country version of YouTube for Internet users in Pakistan, the PTA said in an official statement on Monday.

In September 2012, in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court to block 'the blasphemous movie' "Innocence of Muslims" on YouTube and other websites, the PTA had recommended the ban on the video sharing website as at that time it was not technically possible to block the offending material on YouTube without blocking the website on IP level.

Recently, Google had launched a localised version of YouTube ( for Pakistan, and confirmed that it does not contain any known copies of the blasphemous movie.

Under an agreement reached, Google has provided an online web process through which requests for blocking access to any offending material can be made by PTA to Google directly thereby restricting access for users within Pakistan.

On Saturday (January16), the PTA had brought the above developments to the notice of the Supreme Court vide a report filed in continuation of its earlier compliance report filed on September 17, 2012. The highest court was assured that the localised YouTube version in Pakistan does not carry any content offensive to Muslims.

Subsequently, the PTA had sent fresh recommendations to the IT Ministry requesting it to review the earlier directions.

"Ministry of IT in view of PTA's withdrawal of its earlier request of blocking YouTube at IP level and considering the recent developments elaborated by PTA has accordingly allowed access to the country version of YouTube and has also directed PTA to ensure continuous compliance with the Supreme Court of Pakistan under the revised mechanism," the PTA statement said.

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