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YouTube goes down during Imran’s rally

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: As PTI Chairman Imran Khan was about to address a rally in Peshawar on Tuesday evening, YouTube became inaccessible at most of the Inter­net Service Providers or ISP.

Several users complained that they were having issues accessing the popular video streaming platform, particularly on the web.

NetBlocks — a company tracking internet network disruptions and shutdowns — confirmed that the service was disrupted in the country.

“Metrics corroborate rep­orts of a new disruption to YouTube in Pakistan, the incident comes as former PM Imran Khan appears on screen to live stream a speech on the platform, following a pattern observed in August,” the company said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, digital rights activist Usama Khilji also confirmed the reports that the service was inaccessible for some users.

He added that the PTA was blocking the service “at the gateway level” using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology.

The PTA had acquired DPI from Canadian company, Sandvine, allowing it to directly block websites, without directing the ISPs to do so, according to Mr Khilji.

Talking to Dawn, Punjab IT minister Dr Arslan Khalid said that Mr Khan’s live speeches are banned on electronic media, and it is usually witnessed that when he addresses the public, YouTube is made unavailable in the country.

Calling it a “major loss for the economy” Mr Khalid added such disruptions wea­ken investors’ confidence as they become wary of inconsistent government policies.

Former information minister Chaudhary Fawad Hussain also crticised the action, saying that the country has been “officially turned into a banana republic”.

Not only the PTI leaders, but PPP Secretary General Farhatullah Babar also expressed his reservations over the move, and said: “A man may be imprisoned but not an idea.”

This is not the first time the the service faced disruption around the same time as PTI chief’s address On Aug 21, when Mr Khan was addressing a rally in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh, YouTube faced disruptions.

NetBlocks’ analysis showed that the website was accessible on only a handful of networks.

Source: Dawn

Others: The News


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