IT officials give up, YouTube likely to remain banned


ISLAMABAD – It seems as if Pakistani internet users would have to wait a little longer than expected to browse videos on world’s top video sharing website YouTube as country’s top IT officials could not figure out an effective way to filter controversial content.

The federal information minister announced earlier that long standing ban on YouTube will soon be lifted in Pakistan as IT officials have developed a software to scan the controversial data on world’s largest video sharing portal.

However, it was only on Tuesday when IT officials informed government representatives that the scanning software was as good as it supposed to be. “There are around 2 billion users on YouTube and anyone of them can upload a video from anywhere in the world. So blocking and scanning a video is practically not possible,” television reports quoted one IT official from today’s meeting.

IT officials also maintained that many websites which in paper were banned but readily available to browse in Pakistan.

Despite a large population of the country who believe in banning all blasphemous websites, a pressure group does exist who believe in freedom to access information.

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.


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