YouTube and Facebook Banned in Pakistan

May 20, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015
Female Pakistani activists of hardline party Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), display placards during a protest in Islamabad on May 20, 2010, against the published caricatures of Prophet Mohammed on Facebook. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)
Female Pakistani activists of hardline party Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), display placards during a protest in Islamabad on May 20, 2010, against the published caricatures of Prophet Mohammed on Facebook. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)

The popular video-sharing website YouTube and the social network website Facebook have been banned by the Pakistani government. The government decided to ban the websites because of what it claims to be growing anti-Islamic and sacrilegious content.

The website YouTube has been entirely shut down, over “blasphemous content,” say Pakistani officials. Facebook was banned in the country following a movement called “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” because Islam prohibits depictions of the prophet.

According to a BBC article, in response to the ban, a YouTube spokesperson stated, "Because YouTube is a platform for free expression of all sorts, we take great care when we enforce our policies. Content that violates our guidelines is removed as soon as we become aware of it."