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Pakistan Lifts Three-Year Ban on Youtube after Launch of Local Version

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Pakistan today announced that it has lifted a three-year ban on Youtube after the video-sharing website released a local version that allows the authorities to demand block of access to the content they consider offensive.

Pakistan had banned Youtube in 2012 over the posting of an anti-Muslim movie, Innocence of Muslims, which sparked violent protests across the world, leaving the several people dead.

“On the recommendation of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the government of Pakistan has allowed access to the recently launched country version of YouTube for internet users in Pakistan,” Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom said in a statement.