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Facebook Banned In Pakistan

by Brad MerrillMay 19, 2010

Officials in Pakistan are ordering Internet service providers to block Facebook because of a page that urged users to post pictures of the prophet Muhammad.  If you don’t know, publishing pictures of Muhammad is strictly prohibited in Islamic countries.  Facebook had a decent user-base in Pakistan, but it’s gone now.  I guess free speech is a thing of the past, huh?  

Pakistan isn’t blocking Facebook permanently, but that doesn’t make it any less ridiculous that they banned an entire social network because of a single page.

Internet service providers are getting lots of complaints from people who just want their daily dose of Facebook.

Pakistan, listen up.  You cannot openly limit the free speech of your citizens because of one thoughtless fan page on Facebook.  It just isn’t right.

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.
  • I find this is something should not be done..Specially when issue is created by handful of users…
    Instead of banning facebook..they should have reported that page and let it deleted by Facebook admin..
    What do you think? Is it justified to ban a website when system is abused by a handful of users?

    • Exactly. It was a single page that caused the ban. Because of that one page, they banned the entire network. This, in essence, is limiting freedom, and that doesn’t make good government.

  • Jehandad

    Please remember its banned on common people’s request. its not limiting freedom actually. Although i do not agreee with Pakistani government most times but this is people’s choice(Democracy).

    • I get where you’re coming from, but my view here is that if you’re offended by something online, you don’t have to look at it. I think it was a little extreme to ban Facebook completely because of one page. It wouldn’t have been difficult for Internet service providers to block the URL of that specific page, rather than blocking the whole network.

  • Jehandad

    @Brad Merrill: Please distinguish between abuse and express, What if sumone puts on the internet shameful photos of Barrrack Obama or his mother. Just tell me How would he feel or how would u feel?

    • I understand that. That would be inappropriate and unethical. But I highly doubt it would be justified to block the entire Facebook network.

  • Jehandad

    I appreciate your thinking, but you are so far away living in a different society that it will be difficult for you to understand. This link has almost all Queries and there answers:

    http://jehanara.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/how-does-banning-facebook-help-us/#comment-6082

    It will be great if u have a look at it.