YouTube banned in Pakistan

Saturday 23rd February 2008

YouTube banned in Pakistan

You read it correctly. YouTube has been deemed unsuitable for 160 million people by some morons who haven't a clue as to what the Internet is or how it functions. It's hard to believe that there are people who can come up with such backward ideas and yet wield such power and authority that they can govern what we need and what we don't.

YouTube banned

There is so much dirt out there that attempting to block any of it is akin to putting up a banner announcing its presence. Why do this if it will only attract more publicity and spread the message farther? Sometimes I get the feeling that these monkeys do this kind of thing deliberately. Either they want to spread the very filth they are claiming to censor or they're covering up something that would expose their own incompetence or that of their masters (like the vote rigging videos some people have mentioned).

In the words of a fellow blogger, maybe these guys consider our brains to be so puny that we are unable to decide between right and wrong. Their faith may be so fragile that it can be shattered by something as simple as a cartoon or a few-minute video clip, but it doesn't give them the right to block everything like this.

With broadband Internet spreading really fast in Pakistan, sites such as YouTube were proving to be very popular and useful for us Pakistanis. They provide an outlet for creativity while being a great source of entertainment and information. What exactly is this ban meant to do? Stifle all the wonderful work that we have lately been producing?

The whole design and concept of the Internet is such that attempting to restrict access to specific content is quite futile. Because of a single offending video, they blocked the whole YouTube site. What next? Wikipedia? Search engines? Might as well block the whole Internet while they're at it.

 

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On 23rd February 2008, at 14:01pm PKT, Raza said:

Yes, it is totally absurd for them to block the entire website just because of one or a handful of videos at best. If they must block it, why couldn't they block just THAT video? How freaking hard can it be?!

On 23rd February 2008, at 20:53pm PKT, bilish said:

I was anticipating this thing.
All the Web 2.0 applications are a possible threat for them. Where people share and get benefit from such a massive resource.

I'm speechless at this idiotic act.
What the hell is wrong with youtube ..NOW!

On 24th February 2008, at 02:06am PKT, awais said:

Actualy about 6 videos were loaded on youtube that were showing rigging in the polling stations during the elections. now i think all of them have been removed except two. i am not sure how long they will remain there.. Govt just cant bear free journalism on tv, youtube is impossible for them

On 24th February 2008, at 04:38am PKT, Anonymous said:

Well, according to Awais's comments, I thought about giving you guys a hint of how to downloaded those banned videos from the internet, yes, it will be the youtube video.
just open
http://www.videoconvertx.com

enter your email in the email box, and
enter the video url (example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq4sC2Mq85k) above,,, select Avi as the format and you'll receive a link in your email shortly. from there on, you can download the video and keep it in your records... lol..
regards,,
Anonymous

On 24th February 2008, at 19:19pm PKT, Faraz said:

EXCELLENT!!!

ive become ur FAN!!!!

On 25th February 2008, at 02:48am PKT, Victor Vorski said:

How about Tube8, do you still get that?!

http://www.tube8.com/

On 25th February 2008, at 10:41am PKT, Fawad said:

i accept youtube or anyother site ban as long it does not hurt our religious values, freedom of speech does not mean that one could exploit religious affairs.
instead of blaming PTCL, look at your own acts/deeds etc. We as Muslims should stand hand in hand with eachother.

On 25th February 2008, at 12:50pm PKT, Sajjad said:

Fawad, Yes, freedom of speech doesn't give anyone the right to abuse other religions. However, we Muslims are especially prone to manipulation of all sorts.

Maybe you can stop using the Internet altogether since it simply isn't possible to block each and every such site otherwise.

Nobody knew about the cartoons or this video until we were manipulated to take the issue to a global scale. Who have the bans and protests hurt most?

On 26th February 2008, at 05:57am PKT, Victor Vorski said:

Well, the Chinese seem to be doing a darn good
job at controlling the internet... Actually as
the technology gets better and better and the
filtering algorithms get smarter and smarter
we get closer and closer to the goal of total
information control... So I think you are wrong,
it is possible to almost completely filter the
internet now, and in a few years it will be
possible to do so completely. You end up
blocking a lot of legitimate stuff that way
too, but heck I guess that never bothered the
authorities, did it?

Hmmmm... That would be a good SciFi story plot
actually the huge AI built to filter The Muslim
Internet away from The Heathen Internet wakes
up and starts taking over the whole internet,
editing stories on CNN & etc. As The Heathens
read on CNN 'Allah is great' they start believing
(they believe everything else on CNN already),
and the world turns Muslim...

Could probably get that made into a Hollywood movie.

(Not realistic tho, the reason the muslims will
win is that you have more babies. Christians are
de-populating themselves out of existence, silly
buggers).

On 26th February 2008, at 05:58am PKT, Victor Vorski said:

Well, the Chinese seem to be doing a darn good
job at controlling the internet... Actually as
the technology gets better and better and the
filtering algorithms get smarter and smarter
we get closer and closer to the goal of total
information control... So I think you are wrong,
it is possible to almost completely filter the
internet now, and in a few years it will be
possible to do so completely. You end up
blocking a lot of legitimate stuff that way
too, but heck I guess that never bothered the
authorities, did it?

Hmmmm... That would be a good SciFi story plot
actually the huge AI built to filter The Muslim
Internet away from The Heathen Internet wakes
up and starts taking over the whole internet,
editing stories on CNN & etc. As The Heathens
read on CNN 'Allah is great' they start believing
(they believe everything else on CNN already),
and the world turns Muslim...

Could probably get that made into a Hollywood movie.

(Not realistic tho, the reason the muslims will
win is that you have more babies. Christians are
de-populating themselves out of existence, silly
buggers).

On 27th February 2008, at 00:38am PKT, Tahir said:

You are the one who is a moron I guess, and not the rest of the 160 million - 1.

On 27th February 2008, at 17:34pm PKT, Saad Khan said:

I did not find youtube blocked at any given time .... I had full access to it, I checked when I got the same news from a friend!!! how can this be?!?!?!

On 27th February 2008, at 19:25pm PKT, Sajjad said:

Saad, it depends on which international link you were using to access the site. PTCL/ITI/PIE blocked the entire domain (and even ended up bringing down the service) while TWA1 only blocked the offending video.

On 27th February 2008, at 22:53pm PKT, Hasan said:

this time, the general opinion is that th ban is more “political” than “cultural”. A large number of videos with actual footages of electoral rigging were placed on YouTube and the view is that the “ban” or the “technical difficulties” that have come up are really a way to distract attention in Pakistan away from these videos, at least for the time being.
The ban - if, indeed, it s not a technical hitch, may or may not be because of the videos. Even if it is not, it is despicable for the same reason previous bans were. And even if it is not, the videos themselves are despicable for all the obvious reasons. All of this will, of course, become all the more despicable if, indeed, there is a real ban or other government interference in this and it is because of these videos.



I have no such issues with Youtube. And if u have experienced any of our local hospitality emails, you’ll know that they never give out names or emails. Its akin to suicide should a company does so.

As far as I’m concerned, this is a purely politically motivated precautionary measure, nothing religious.

On the rigging, I have however failed to see ballot papers going inside the ballot box. Marking ballot paper receipts with thumbs and fake ids, doesn’t make any sense. Those parts are for reporting. These videos aren’t going to prove anything.

the part about YouTube not being available all over Pakistan IS confirmed. It is also NOT a maintenance issue at YouTube’s end. That is also confirmed. As to why it is not available in Pakistan right now and whether it is anyway linked to these video’s, all necessary caveats are in the post itself.

Hasan
AestheticTech.net

On 27th February 2008, at 22:57pm PKT, Hasan said:

Proxy !!

Youtube can be opened via HTTP tunneling.

Simply stating we can browse Youtube via the following website:

www.vtunnel.com or any other website that provides a tunneling service.

just enter the youtube url at www.vtunnel.com and

begin browsing.
also visit, www.youtubeproxy.co.uk or search google for "you tube proxy"

Hasan/
www.AestheticTech.net

On 3rd March 2008, at 04:26am PKT, wasif said:

unbelievable,
no more words to say
m really speechless here!

On 30th March 2008, at 21:29pm PKT, xprins said:

hi. i am an indian and i totally agree with u. try other video sites like megavideo guys. they cant ban everything out there..

On 22nd June 2008, at 17:20pm PKST, Shahzeb Wattoo said:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a Pakistani user and have seen that YouTube.com has been banned in Pakistan.If you prefer my website http://www.embedproxies.com then they could easily access to the vedios at YouTube.com by submitting the url and surfing them anonymously.

Have a look at the website and do let me know whether you like my idea or not.

Regards,


www.embedproxies.com

On 20th August 2008, at 22:13pm PKST, John Williams said:

Pretty nice site, wants to see much more on it! :)

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