After yesterday’s decision to block the entire Facebook website in Pakistan, which came in the Lahore High Court following the social network featuring images of the prophet Muhammad, reports are circulating that users in Pakistan are unable to access YouTube and parts of the Wikipedia website.
Some reports suggested on the morning of 20th May 2011 that “Pakistan has blocked the popular video sharing website YouTube because of its “growing sacrilegious content”… Some Wikipedia pages are also restricted”
Our initial report on the Facebook ban carries a large commentary of the issues thus far. Readers in Pakistan are encouraged to enter into the debate on that page with information on both the websites to which access has been blocked, and how this is being publicly received.
In our report, it was mentioned that an exclusive ban of Facebook alone appeared to be a strange decision due to the fact that other social media websites – specifically YouTube and Wikipedia were named – carried similar images and remained unrestricted. Google’s image search was also highlighted and it is, as yet, unclear whether or not the internet’s most popular search engine has fallen foul of the Pakistan Administration.