Pakistan has lifted the YouTube Ban

Pakistan has finally lifted YouTube Ban after more then 3 years for posting a video deemed insulting to Islam

YouTube BanPakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said that the ban is no longer required as Google who own YouTube has now launched a Pakistan specific version.

YouTube has denied claims that authorities may filter the content.

Many young Pakistanis has welcomed this lifting of  YouTube ban however some activists have asked for details of the agreement with Google.

They say there should be greater transparency of the terms agreed between Google and the government.

A Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) official confirmed to the BBC that all internet service providers had been directed to open access to YouTube.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) posted on its Facebook fan page on Monday 18/01/2016: “Welcome Back YouTube“.

Pakistan’s ministry of information technology said: “Google has provided an online web process through which requests for blocking access of offending material can be made by the PTA to Google directly.

“Google/YouTube will accordingly restrict access to the said offending material for users within Pakistan.”

However, a YouTube spokeswoman said government requests for the removal of content would not automatically be granted.

“We have clear community guidelines, and when videos violate those rules, we remove them,” she said.

“In addition, where we have launched YouTube locally and we are notified that a video is illegal in that country, we may restrict access to it after a thorough review.”

She said requests by governments for content to be removed would be recorded in YouTube’s Transparency Report.

Pakistan’s YouTube Ban was imposed by the Supreme Court in 2012 after the US-made film Innocence of Muslims was uploaded.

The amateur-made video was condemned in the Muslim world and sparked widespread protests for its mocking portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad.

More than a dozen people died in protests in Pakistan.

Blasphemy is a crime in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty, although such a sentence has not been carried out.

Google revealed last week that it had launched local versions of YouTube for Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.