Twitter Might Get Ban In Pakistan Soon!


The famous social networking site, Twitter, is on its verge to get banned in Pakistan.


The micro-blogging website found itself in hot water when news of possible banning of the website came in Pakistan came rushing in.

This is not the first time that a huge social media platform suffered banning in the country. In 2012, Youtube was banned in Pakistan for a really long period of time. Later in 2008 and 2010, the mega social media platform, Facebook, was banned in the country because of the similar reasons found in potential Twitter ban today.

The case here is somewhat similar because Twitter has been accused of promoting the same kind of content which Youtube once published on its website. In the results of which, the site got banned in the Islamic Republic Of Pakistan.

The Blasphemous Publication Were In Notice From Last year!

Last month, the Islamabad High Court had issued a notification to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ban the use of Twitter in Pakistan. The notice was issued after discerning Twitter’s un-cooperative behavior by not removing the blasphemous content from its site.

Shaukat Aziz, Islamabad High Court Judge, gave in these remarks after hearing a petition about the non-implementation of his order passed last year.

Last year in the month of March, Shaukat Aziz passed orders regarding Twitter accounts involved in publishing blasphemous content on the platform. The orders were directed towards the Government of Pakistan to look into the matter and immediately delete the contents and also punish the ones found guilty.

If The Contents Aren’t Removed, The Court Will Order PTA To Block Twitter:

According to the latest Pakistan news surfing all over the internet, the possibility of  Twitter getting banned in Pakistan has become maximum as the Judge has requested Deputy Attorney General (DAG) to look into the matter deeply and also inform the concerned authorities regarding the publishing of blasphemous contents. He further said that “In case the Twitter’s management refuses to remove the blasphemous material, the court may pass an order to the PTA to block Twitter.”

What Is Twitter’s Action On Pakistan’s Stance?

To our surprise, Twitter seems unconcerned with the banning of its platform in a country where a large number of Twitter accounts are functioning.

“Out of a hundred requests from Pakistan to block certain offensive material, roughly five percent are entertained. Twitter ignores all the remaining requests.” says the Director General of PTA’s Internet Policy and Web Analysis, Nisar Ahmed.

It is certain that the banning of Twitter in Pakistan will affect the website’s business at large. The Pakistani authorities are determined to teach the platform a lesson if it continued to show unresponsive behavior towards the country’s concerns and complaints.

By Maira Feroz

A journalism student who's studying the native form of journalism but is performing it in the digital way.