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Twitter Blocks 'Blasphemous' Tweets in Pakistan

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least five requests from May 5 to 14

Source : Agencies / 26 May 2014

Microblogging site Twitter has blocked dozens of tweets and accounts in Pakistan after officials asked for access to "blasphemous" and "unethical" content to be stopped.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least five requests from May 5 to 14 asking Twitter to block access to specific tweets and accounts for users in the Islamic republic.

It is thought to be the first time Twitter has withheld content specifically for users in Pakistan, though the government has shut the site down in the past.

Tweets containing drawings of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and links to anti-Islam blogs were cited in requests from Abdul Batin, of Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority, to Twitter to have the content blocked, according to the New York Times.

 

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