Pakistan has lifted the ban on YouTube after nearly three years, officials said on Monday. Also Read - YouTube to add new audio features in coming months: List of features
“On the recommendation of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the Government of Pakistan has allowed access to recently launched country version of YouTube for Internet users in Pakistan,” an official statement said. Also Read - YouTube to block and remove all anti-vaccine information
The government banned YouTube after the country’s Supreme Court ordered a ban due to the blasphemous movie “Innocence of Muslims” on YouTube and other websites in September 2012. Also Read - Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps stop working on these Android phones: Check the list, what to do now
Recently, Google launched a country (localized version) of YouTube (YouTube.pk) and confirmed that YouTube.pk does not contain any copies of “Innocence of Muslims”.
Moreover, in case any copy of the offending material appears on YouTube website in future, Google has provided an online web process through which requests for blocking access to the offending material can be made by PTA to Google directly and Google/YouTube will restrict access to it for users within Pakistan.