Pakistan blocks Twitter because of material offensive to Islam
Another salvo in the ongoing Islamic supremacist war against the freedom of speech. Twitter must adhere to Sharia, or else. "Pakistan blocks Twitter because of material considered offensive to Islam," by Zarar Khan for The Associated Press, May 20 (thanks to all who sent this in):
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter on Sunday because it refused to remove material considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country's top telecommunications officials.
The material was promoting a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, said Mohammad Yaseen, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication's Authority. Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favourable ones, as blasphemous.
Yaseen said Facebook agreed to address Pakistan's concerns about the competition, but officials have failed to get Twitter to do the same.
"We have been negotiating with them until last night, but they did not agree to remove the stuff, so we had to block it," said Yaseen....
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