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Youtube to stream PSL matches

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LAHORE: HBL Pakistan Super League reached a landmark agreement with Google for digital streaming of the first season of the League. This arrangement is another feather in the HBL PSL cap as top international brands continue to join hands with Pakistan Cricket. With the agreement in place, fans across Pakistan will be able to enjoy […]

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Internet challenge

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ON Jan 12, 2016, Google launched localised versions of YouTube in three countries. Pakistan was one of them. On Jan 18, PTA issued a directive to internet service providers to lift the ban on YouTube. This brought the over three-year ban to an end. On the subject of localisation, when in 2013 the Lahore High […]

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YouTube back with vague transparency

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ISLAMABAD: It has been 10 days since access to YouTube in Pakistan was reopened, but local producers of the content for the popular video-sharing website continue to worry when the axe will fall next and how. They say they are confused because the agreement between Google and the government of Pakistan, that unblocked YouTube after […]

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Who is feeling the pinch after YouTube’s return?

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KARACHI: The Pakistani internet community is celebrating the reincarnation of YouTube, but there are those who have taken the ban reversal personally. After all, the ban, imposed on the world’s largest video-sharing website in September 2012, meant there was a vacuum waiting to be filled. These Pakistanis launched local proxies to counter the ban, meaning […]

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Right to information: SC moved for full YouTube access

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LAHORE: Pakistan should have unfiltered access to YouTube, a petition moved before the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry on Thursday says. The petitioner requested the court to direct the government to make public details of the contract signed between the government and YouTube. Barrister Zafarullah Khan filed the petition. He said right to information was a […]

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YouTube ban lifted after three years

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s telecom authorities lifted a three-year ban on popular video-sharing site after the Google-owned YouTube launched a local version that allows the government to remove material it considers offensive. “The Pakistan Telecommuni­cation Authority (PTA) directed internet service providers on Monday to unblock YouTube with immediate effect,” said a senior government official. A senior PTA […]

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YouTube ban: Reincarnation announced, but resurrection pending

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KARACHI: Google recently launched a localised (.pk) version of YouTube in Pakistan. Many celebrated the development, while a few raised eyebrows. Most thought it now implied a smooth return of YouTube to Pakistan after the hiatus of over three years. But guess what: YouTube’s official entrance is still pending. While it was available through some […]

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No reason to keep YouTube blocked, PTA tells SC

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ISLAMABAD: Even though the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) acknowledges that Google has made it possible for the Pakistani government to ask for the removal of objectionable videos from YouTube, the site’s Urdu version still remains largely inaccessible inside the country. The PTA told the Supreme Court on Saturday that YouTube was blocked because it was […]

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Despite localisation, YouTube remains blocked

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ISLAMABAD: Despite having been launched globally, Internet users in the country still cannot access ‘YouTube PK’, the popular video-sharing website domain localised specifically for Pakistan. On Tuesday, Google announced that YouTube was now also available in Urdu. A Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) official, speaking to Dawn on condition of anonymity, said that the Supreme Court […]

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Domain of YouTube opened to erase objectionable material, SC told

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it has launched domain of YouTube in Pakistan and after getting access to it, it will be able to erase objectionable material uploaded on it. A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan and Justice Qazi Faiz Isa […]

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YouTube launches Urdu version for Pakistan

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KARACHI: The world’s largest video-sharing website YouTube has announced the launch of its localised versions for Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, taking everyone by surprise in Pakistan, where the website’s global version remains banned since September 2012. “This launch provides Internet users in those countries with a more tailored YouTube experience to find high-quality local […]

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Youtube accessible in mega cities despite ban

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Islamabad – After a ban of almost three years, video sharing website Youtube is once again accessible in many parts of the country. The cities where the video sharing site is operational only in three big cities – Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. YouTube website has been blocked in Pakistan since September, 2012, when the website […]

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SC issues notice to federation, other parties

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Islamabad – Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan, on Thursday, issued notice to the federation and other parties involved in YouTube ban case. A petition was moved by the chief of Watan Party, Barrister Zafarullah Khan, which stated that YouTube is a source of knowledge and information for people and should not be banned. YouTube is […]

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Senate body asks govt to unblock YouTube

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ISLAMABAD: A Senate standing committee on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Information Technology to unblock YouTube at the earliest. “Both the Internet users and service providers are at the losing ends. The users have been deprived of an important educational platform and Google is losing money,” said chairman Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology Shahi […]

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