Pakistan welcomes back YouTube

Government lifts the ban after less than a week after ordering access to the video-sharing site shut down in that country.

YouTube has removed a video clip that offended some of Pakistan's Muslims, and the government there has lifted a nationwide ban against the video-sharing site.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Pakistan's telecoms regulator lifted restrictions on YouTube after a video criticizing Islam was taken down.

The video clip in question features a Dutch lawmaker who claims Islam is fascist and prone to inciting violence, according to the AP. On Friday, Pakistan lawmakers, who consider the clip "blasphemous," ordered access to YouTube shut down.

Efforts by Pakistan's state-controlled Internet service provider to block YouTube inside that country triggered a two-hour blackout of the site Sunday across the globe.

After receiving a censorship order from the telecommunications ministry directing that YouTube.com be blocked, Pakistan Telecom--by accident or design--broadcast instructions worldwide claiming to be the legitimate destination for anyone trying to reach YouTube's range of Internet addresses.

Instead of being directed to YouTube, everyone trying to log on to the site was sent to a virtual black hole.

Reversing bans isn't new to YouTube. The Google-owned company has a fairly good record of convincing governments to lift these sorts of bans. Brazil blocked YouTube last year after a video clip was posted of Daniela Cicarelli, a famous model, having sex with her boyfriend. A Brazilian judge reversed the ban soon after.

Thailand , Morocco, and Turkey are three other countries that have blocked YouTube only to reverse themselves later.

 

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