(CTN News) – On Sunday, millions of Pakistanis were impacted by a service disruption on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, as confirmed by internet monitoring group NetBlocks.
The disruption occurred during a virtual rally organized by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, originally scheduled to commence at 9 pm. However, all social media platforms experienced a complete shutdown.
Numerous social media users have reported the disruption, leading many individuals to resort to VPN services in order to access social media and streaming platforms.
Additionally, there have been complaints from users regarding the sluggishness of internet services.
Social Media Not Working in Pakistan
Pakistan experiences sluggish internet connectivity.
Netblocks, a digital rights organization, has confirmed that popular social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are now restricted in Pakistan.
This is a surprise since the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has not disclosed any blocking of social media. Pakistan has a history of imposing internet restrictions, often to control information flow and suppress dissent.
This latest shutdown further hampers the free exchange of ideas and information in the digital age. The restriction of these platforms has significant implications for Pakistani citizens, as they are essential tools for communication, expression, and access to information.
By blocking them, the government limits citizens’ ability to express themselves and access diverse viewpoints freely. This move is seen as a drastic measure to suppress dissent, as social media has played a crucial role in mobilizing protests and voicing concerns against government policies.
The government’s decision has faced criticism from both domestic and international communities, with advocates for digital rights arguing that it violates freedom of expression and access to information.
They believe that concerns should be addressed through dialogue and engagement rather than censorship.
Additionally, the restriction of social media platforms has economic implications, as many businesses and individuals rely on them for marketing, communication, and networking.
The shutdown disrupts their activities.