Gemma Houghton

Internet Censorship: Pakistan Blocks Facebook and YouTube

Pakistan has become the latest country to censor internet access following so called sacrilegious content being posted on Facebook and YouTube.  A Facebook competition which invited users to post drawings and images representing the prophet Mohammed has sparked outrage amongst Muslims who find the content offensive and blasphemous. YouTube was blocked a day after Facebook when it was found that similar content  was being posted on the video-sharing site.

The censorship has angered many internet users in the country, where there are 2.5 million Facebook members, but was enforced amid fears that the images would lead to street violence.

Despite the outrage at the outright ban on the sites, there have been parallels drawn between the blocking of content relating to the Holocaust and Nazism in certain Western countries and censoring this content, which offends followers of Islam.

The Pakistani government is planning to review the decision at the end of the month.

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Gemma Houghton

Gemma Houghton

Director of Marketing at Webcertain
Gemma has been working in international search for 10 years and leads Webcertain's marketing team. As well as managing Webcertain’s global online and offline marketing activities, she also organises and programs Webcertain's International Search Summit, a search marketing conference focusing on international and multilingual online marketing and contributes regularly to the Webcertain blog. She has also spoken at conferences such as SES and SasCon and writes regularly for State of Digital. Gemma holds a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a BA Joint Honors Degree in French and German.

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