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Supreme Court hints to Ban YouTube in Pakistan

Jul 22, 2020

Supreme Court hints to shut down YouTube in Pakistan
The Supreme Court of Pakistan took notice of the objectionable content on social media networks, especially Google's YouTube, and hinted at banning YouTube in Pakistan (shutting down YouTube app and website in Pakistan).

The Supreme Court issued notices to the Foreign Ministry and the Attorney General in this regard.

Justice Qazi Amin said that we have no problem with freedom of expression, we take a salary from people's money (tax paid by Pakistani citizens), people have the right to speak on our performance and decisions, the constitution also gives us the right to private life.

According to the detailed reports, the notice was taken in the bail case of Shaukat Ali involved in a sectarian crime which could be the result of following objectionable content on video-sharing networks.

Justice Qazi Amin questioned whether the FIA, PTA has seen what is appearing on YouTube, our families are not forgiven on YouTube and social media.

PTA officials said that we cannot remove individual content, we can only report to the YouTube team. Justice Mushir Alam said that YouTube was blocked in many countries (probably for such reasons).

In his remarks, the Supreme Court judge said:
"Someone becomes an uncle on YouTube. The judges are embarrassed. Yesterday we gave our verdict and it started on YouTube. We are showing restraint. The end is to come."
Ordering the closure of YouTube in Pakistan, justice Mushir Alam remarked that the United States should post anti-EU material on YouTube. In many countries, social media is regulated under local laws.

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