Twitter blocks 'blasphemous' tweets in Pakistan after requests

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 1:20pm IST | Agency: ANI

Twitter has blocked few tweets after Pakistan requested the micro-blogging site to block messages that the country regarded as blasphemous.

The micro-blogging website honoured five requests put forward by an official from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block tweets that he regarded as blasphemous.

According to Dawn News, PTA's Abdul Batin made all five requests in May, asking Twitter to censor accounts, tweets or searches on the social network that he described as 'blasphemous' or 'unethical'.

Twitter blocked content that included drawings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), photographs of burning copies of the Holy Quran, messages from a handful of anti-Islam bloggers, and an American porn star who now attends Duke University.

The blocking of these tweets in Pakistan is in line with Twitter's country-specific censorship policy that it made public in 2012, the report added.

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