Pakistani regulators ask YouTube to block ‘objectionable’ videos

Pakistani regulators have asked YouTube to immediately block all videos they consider “objectionable” from being accessed in the country, according to a report.

In a statement cited by AFP, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said it has asked YouTube to “immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan.”

The PTA said viewing such content has “extremely negative effects” and can foster “repugnant discord.”

In July, the PTA issued a final warning to Chinese-owned social media app TikTok, ordering it to filter any obscene content.

“The PTA does not make any effort to narrowly tailor its request or define what it means by terms such as ‘vulgar’ and ‘immoral’,” digital rights advocate Nighat Dad told AFP.

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