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Ban on Social Media Sites in Pakistan

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked social media sites for four hours in Pakistan Friday morning.

A temporary ban has been imposed on many social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, Tiktok, WhatsApp and YouTube. The sites will resume working at 3Pm.

The decision has been taken to maintain the Law & Order situation in the Country.

The PTA took the step on the instructions of the Ministry of Interior. In a letter, it said that “complete access to social media platforms” should be suspended from 11am to 3pm.

The step comes a day after Pakistan imposed a ban on the Religious Political Party. PEMRA even blocked all TV channels from providing any coverage to the banned organisation.

The authorities have in the past suspended mobile phone and internet services in the areas where the party protesters had gathered in Islamabad and parts of Punjab. This is the first time a ban has been imposed on all social media sites across the country.

Pakistan had imposed a ban on YouTube for three years in the past.

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