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Twitter unblocks the blocked accounts in Pakistan

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 Twitter has unblocked inside Pakistan access to the tweets and accounts, blocked last month on official complaints on containing “blasphemous” data by PTA.
The failure of provision of relevant proof from Government of Pakistan to support its blasphemous complaint led micro blogging site to revise its May 18 decision of blocking access to some material from within Pakistan. “On May 18, 2014, we made an initial decision to withhold content in Pakistan based on information provided to us by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA),” the internet giant said in a statement posted on the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse website. “We have re-examined the request and, in the absence of additional clarifying information from Pakistani authorities, have determined that restoration of the previously withheld content is warranted. The content is now available again in Pakistan.” Chilling Effects is a collaboration between several US law school which monitors attempts to suppress online content. Twitter works in partnership with the site to publicize requests to withhold its content. Most of the offending material concerned anti-Islam accounts but the accounts of three US porn stars were also listed. Sana Saleem, a co-founder of the Bolo Bhi non-profit group that advocates free speech, said: “We’re very glad Twitter has reversed its decision and not gone the Facebook route.”

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