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PTA blocks Wikipedia in Pakistan over blasphemous content

ISLAMABAD: After Wikipedia refused to delete blasphemous content, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked the website’s services there.

PTA stated in a statement that it contacted Wikipedia to request the removal of the offensive material by sending out a notification in accordance with applicable legislation and a court ruling (s).

The statement stated that the platform “neither complied by removing the blasphemous content nor appeared before the Authority.”

Due to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) failure to filter or remove sacrilegious information, Wikipedia services across the nation were reduced for 48 hours.

The telecom regulator continued, “Given the platform’s deliberate refusal to comply with the PTA’s orders, Wikipedia services have been downgraded for 48 hours with the direction to block/remove the reported items.

The portal will be blocked in Pakistan if Wikipedia does not comply, and its restoration will be “reconsidered subject to blocking/removal of the reported unlawful content,” the government warned.

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