Pakistan reportedly testing URL filters, may lift YouTube ban
URL filters are said to be in place which will allow government to selectively block sites with controversial content. The Ministry of IT will now reportedly seek approval from the prime minister to lift its YouTube ban.
Pakistan is reportedly testing URL filters and may soon lift its ban on YouTube, after the video sharing site had been banned in the country for almost a year.
According to ProPakistani on Friday, citing media reports, the country's government now has URL filters which will enable it to selectively block controversial content instead banning the entire service.
The technology is reportedly provided by Pakistan Telecommunication Company, which will provide the services to the government for a year and will charge for the service after this duration. The URL filters are also said to have been tested, blocking a list of 4,000 objectionable URLs.
An inter-ministerial committee will also be responsible for preparing the lsit of blocked URLs, which will be handed over to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.
The Ministry of IT will also write to the country's prime minister to ask for the blocking of controversial material on YouTube instead of the entire service, and seek an approval for lifting the ban on YouTube. The entire process is expected to take around a week, noted the article.