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Now Pakistan bans Twitter

After blocking Facebook and Youtube, Pakistani authorities on Friday further widened the crackdown on websites with blasphemous contents by restricting access to popular social networking website Twitter.

world Updated: May 22, 2010 01:07 IST

After blocking Facebook and Youtube, Pakistani authorities on Friday further widened the crackdown on websites with blasphemous contents by restricting access to popular social networking website Twitter.

Pakistani users were unable to log into Twitter after Internet service providers blocked access to the site.

Over the past two days, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has blocked websites like Facebook and Youtube, citing “sacrilegious contents” on the websites as the reason for the action.

The crackdown began after the Lahore High Court issued an order for blocking Facebook over a page hosting a contest for blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammad. Over 450 URLs have been blocked so far by the authorities.

More protests

Pakistani protesters shouted ‘Death to Facebook’, ‘Death to America’ and burnt US flags on Friday, venting growing anger over “sacrilegious” caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on the Internet.

In Karachi, religious parties mobilised hundreds of protesters onto the streets to demand a ban on Facebook and an apology from the social networking site for humiliating Muslims.

In Multan, a shrine city in Punjab province, hundreds of people rallied, burning US flags and tyres to block traffic before dispersing peacefully.

Cartoonist denies

Seattle-based cartoonist Molly Norris has distanced herself from the raging row saying: “I never created a facebook page for EDMD. A stranger to me did so.” Norris has written on her webpage: “Hello, I never created a facebook page for EDMD. A stranger to me did so. Thank You, Molly.”