Pakistan ends Twitter blockade

Summary:The Pakistan government has restored access Twitter after temporarily blocking it because of 'blasphemous' postings

Pakistan has restored access to Twitter after briefly blocking it on Sunday due to "blasphemous" caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed being posted in relation to a Facebook contest.

The AFP reported on Monday that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked the microblogging site on Sunday on orders by the IT ministry, after Twitter allegedly refused to remove the offensive posts, which were "trying to hurt Muslim feelings", from its online platform.

PTA spokesperson Mohammad Younis Khan said in the report that both Facebook and Twitter were approached to take down the posts. Only Facebook agreed while Twitter did not respond, he added.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Pakistan lifts block on Twitter on CNET News.

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