While the page might have been taken off Facebook, we in Pakistan have been without access to Facebook since May 19, largely. Why largely? Because there are other ways you can access the social network and while 70% of the population is in favor of the ban and another 15% accepts the ban till May 31 there is another 15% which is very disapproving of this ban. Why? Come on, you don’t want me to narrate the hues and cries all over again.
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I know many people in Pakistan were frustrated by the government banning access to YouTube and Wikipedia but there is good news for them all. People can access both the websites for now and I can bet everyone will be rejoicing this, I am to say the least. While this is good news for sure, Facebook still remains blocked, something that has made the liberals feels frustrated and left out.
I have no idea whether the accessibility is temporary or the ban has been lifted for good. But if you happen to be one of those detesting the bans in Pakistan, please do record and upload your video comments on the Online Video sharing site, chances are quite high that your view points might get a few hundred views of the 2 billion that YouTube gets each day.
I was just wandering at work about the recent buildup on the Facebook controversy associated to the Draw Mohammad [PBUH] page, its blockage in Pakistan on the orders of the Lahore High Court. The reaction from the people has been quite pro-decision, as some report that over 90 percent people favored it. Of course there were some liberal folks who think the decision is absolutely rubbish, I personally think it was quite a wise decision for numerous factors.
Now, Startup Meme is by no means a political blog and this post is based more on my personal opinion, triggered primarily by this post by Sana Saleem, who thinks that the ban backfired. I think it was by all means necessary for various reasons and that the post by my fellow blogger appears to be triggered by irrational rush of emotions.
There are reports circling Twitter that the page promoting the Draw Mohammad Day has been removed from Facebook. Access to the social network which was banned yesterday by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on the directives issues by the Lahore High Court.. I can’t confirm this news as yet since the authorities have blocked access in Pakistan and would appreciate if our readers can confirm the same in the comments. If that has been removed, I would highly appreciate if the authorities can confirm the same and lift the ban on the social Networking Site.
Today is the day for which a group was created promoting the Draw Mohammad Day on Facebook and as a result the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority was directed by the Lahore High Court to ban Facebook for an indefinite period effective from May 19. It appears that the PTA has also blocked access via proxy sites, access to social networking site via Mobile devices and any other way deemed possible. While I thought that was it, authorities here have got even stricter and have issued a ban on YouTube, Flickr as well.
This ban is temporary on YouTube and Flickr as of now, but we aren’t sure how long does temporary actually mean. Facebook hasn’t taken any action against the page stating that the page doesn’t violate any of its Terms and Conditions. I am surprised at this as many a caricatures were a direct insult to the Muslim faith and my point is justified. Of the 1 million or so Pakistani users on Facebook, 90% or so are in favor of this decision.
Talk about good news for the world when people in Pakistan suffer a Facebook ban. Reports state that the social network can now be accessed via mobile devices for free. You heard it right, there will be no roaming charges in more than 45 countries across the selected mobile networks. This includes our neighbor country, India.
With over 400 million users on the social network, this deal with Indian Wireless operators; Videocon and Reliance Communications would be one of the many that would give its users a access on their mobiles devices without any data charges. This has been made possible with the release of the Zero version of Facebook, which we had earlier talked about back in February this year. The new version will be made available across the leading networks in India pretty soon. As for the layout and features, it won’t be much different from the mobile version of the site and would let users update their status, send messages, etc.
Twitter over capacity. Why am I not surprised reading this? I mean it was evident given that the authorities in Pakistan had banned access to the social network owing to the group that promotes drawing cartoons of the Prophet [PBUH]. Its obvious that people, who find it impossible to resist the departure from Facebook have almost immediately switched to Twitter to gossip more about it.
Alright it might be a bit of exaggeration here and Twitter might be facing general problems, the Fail Whale which was a regular feature in the past. What makes me think that the current ban is a reason for this, is the Fail Whale has appeared after quite a while and had been missing this for ages now. I am not sure what number of users on Facebook from Pakistan but if this ban is a reason for Twitter downtime, I am guessing the number must be pretty high, otherwise Twitter must now be quite capable of handling a bit of surge in the users.
There is definitely a need for events that help encourage bloggers and social media addicts to come under one roof and communicate with each other. I have always been in for this and admire initiatives taken by industry giants to do the same. Luckily the entire scene is getting a lot of air in Pakistan too as HP plans to close this year with a bloggers’ event in three major cities of the country, namely; Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
The event will also be giving away its Notebook to deserving bloggers and the event is just one of the many it has in plans. To be honest it is definitely going to encourage more people to get serious about the blog, more importantly the industries out there who would see the potential that Blogs have. That doesn’t mean they don’t know about it, its just many avoid giving them the priority like they have in other parts of the globe.
There have been a lot of music streaming services that I have covered Startup Meme but coming across Coke Studio has been a very different experience. Why? Because it has a blend of culture with modern methods, a perfect example of utilizing the digital media to bring the vast talents into the limelight. I wont call it a music streaming site, but the portal is one stop access to the amalgamation of Eastern music with music inspired from modern Western and regionally inspired music. The site hosts videos and audios from a dozen leading artists from the music industry in Pakistan.