Pakistan Hasn't Banned Facebook Yet… But It Might Soon

from the overreact-much? dept

Last year, we reported on an attempt to ban Facebook throughout all of Pakistan, due to a group on the site that some Muslims found offensive (the group was supporting an “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” following a controversy on that subject). It seemed positively silly to ban an entire site based on how one small group of people used that site, but we’ve seen it happen in a number of countries. Apparently there was a ruling on this that was made back in February, but was just released, which, while sympathetic to the idea of banning Facebook, decided not to issue the ban. Of course, the EFF report on this also notes that a new petition to ban Facebook is going to be heard later this week anyway, so there will be yet another chance to completely block the site due to how a few folks used it. That original post from last year got a bunch of comments from Pakistan defending the idea of blocking Facebook, but I’m still at a loss to see how it makes sense to block an entire site over a single particular use.

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Rikuo (profile) says:

How does Pakistan know that this group drew an actual picture of Mohammed? They don’t have pictures themselves, so for all they know, it’s some random Pakistani man with a beard and a turban.
Hang on…why the ban on pictures? I can somewhat understand if it was a ban on pictures of God, seeing as “oh he’s divine and its against divine law to worship lowly pictures of him drawn by man” but wasn’t Mohammed considered a man and just a man? (I know, God’s last prophet apparently) so…are they now equating this man with God? I thought Islam was against that!

G Thompson (profile) says:

Soon even Facebook will be banned because the worlds Defender of Democracy the USA says that any website that breaks USA law can be banned, so going by the exulted leadership of the USA other countries will have to follow suit.

Soon a cry will go out via SMS everywhere.. a cry of loss, a cry to save them from the perils of boredom, a cry to bring back the social platform of their dreams.

Please somebody.. before it’s too late


The Devil's Coachman (profile) says:

Pakistan! What a country! Or is it a country?

Actually, it seems to be more of a cesspool, filled to overflowing with fundamentalist turd morons who screech and wail and slash and burn with little or no provocation. Therefore, who the hell cares what they do within the confines of their own sewer? Not me, for sure. Go ahead. Ban Facebook, Google, CNN, Twitter, and anything else that offends the permanently offended denizens of that hellhole. They can also burn bibles, flags, and each other if it gives them a thrill. It means nothing to the rest of the world. Nothing whatsoever.

Dave Uh... Smith (profile) says:


I think you’re suffering from a bit of tunnelvision because stupid insane use of copyright laws is a huge informative part of this site.

Facebook is used by the revolutionaries to organize all around the Arabic speaking world. I’m currently working in Saudi Arabia and this world is falling apart, country after country. I think that has far more to do with banning FB than people drawing pictures.

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