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Pakistan's attempts to block access to YouTube has been blamed for an almost global blackout of the video website for more than an hour on Sunday.

BBC News has learned that the outage was almost certainly connected to Pakistan Telecom and Asian internet service provider PCCW.

A leading net professional said the global outage was "probably a mistake".

Pakistan ordered internet service providers to block the site because of content deemed offensive to Islam.

Pakistan, BBC News 44 Comments [2/25/2008 9:23:19 PM]
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Tenebrais

That's a pretty damn big mistake to make.

2/25/2008 9:38:55 PM

noJungleKiss

Are my stupid little videos that offensive? LOL

2/25/2008 9:38:57 PM

Brain_In_A_Jar

Ah, the classic error of mistaking a medium for its content. Someone makes an internet video you don't like? Ban internet videos altogether!

Why don't you assclowns ban books, newspapers, radio, TV, film and telephones too? I'm sure some data that is incompatible with Islam or even, gasp, denounces Islam has been transmitted via all of those in the past. Oh, but those are all established, whereas youtube is relatively new and trendy and you probably have only the dimmest notion of what it actually is!

Gah, nothing enrages me more than some ignorant government attempting to regulate new technology that it barely even comprehends.

2/25/2008 9:59:27 PM

Quantum Mechanic

Fuck Islam.

2/25/2008 10:01:56 PM

Osiris

Then don't watch them.

2/25/2008 10:03:30 PM

approximate

Just what the fuck isn't offensive to Islam? Pull that goddammed stick outta yer asses before you sit down one day and poke out what few brain cells you have left.

2/25/2008 10:05:32 PM



Musharraf is so hated in Pakistan, I don't see how he could possibly NOT end up being publically executed one of these days.

2/25/2008 10:07:27 PM

Doctor Fishcake

I just hope the Pakistani government never finds about FSTDT, you saw what they did to Benazir Bhutto...

2/25/2008 10:08:17 PM

Papabear

Good sense and critical thinking are offensive to Islam.

2/25/2008 10:16:13 PM

Nemesis

"Ah, the classic error of mistaking a medium for its content. Someone makes an internet video you don't like? Ban internet videos altogether!"

Or... ban the Internet! Yeah!

2/25/2008 10:16:35 PM



Apparently, the mere fact of not being Muslims is an offense to Islam(for some, at least). So, why do they have youtube, to begin with?

2/25/2008 10:18:46 PM

antichrist

OOPS!!!

Seriously you should invite the Christian fundies over. You're living in their Shangrala!

2/25/2008 10:19:51 PM

Athar

We reject the infidel and everything of his is filth!!

Like the Kit Kat! This tiny, puny little wafer of chocolate it is the work of satan!

But the larger chunkier Kit Kat, truly, this is a snack fit for Allah himself.

2/25/2008 10:29:43 PM

Thundersqueaks

What's wrong? Has youtube banned too many beheading/stoning videos?

2/25/2008 10:50:00 PM

Illuminatalie

Just same old same old. Oppressive leaders preventing anything that could cause independent thought to crop up among the serfs. It's surprising to me that one nation could block out something for the whole world though, maybe someone more knowledgable could explain how the main backbone, or big toe, of the internet is set up.

"Musharraf is so hated in Pakistan, I don't see how he could possibly NOT end up being publically executed one of these days."
He may be a lot of things, but he is hardly an ideological leader for religious extremism. From what I can see, he's more the equivalent of Saddam, a secularist armed by the US/UK to keep the craziest extremists in check.

And yeah, people in those countries go along with it because they are fed bullshit by their imams and politicians till they believe that the only way to please their Allah is to have deadly kite flying contests. And reject modern thought in general. Forget about the kite flying, I don't know where that came from.

2/25/2008 10:51:01 PM

Brenz

I will never understand why the people who claim loudly to have the strongest faith are always so terrified of even being exposed to anything that might shake or corrupt it.

Wait...yes I do.

2/25/2008 10:56:18 PM

aaa

China does that same thing with more finesse.

2/25/2008 11:20:00 PM

tracer

How on Earth did Pakistan manage to black out youtube.com outside of Pakistan?!

I thought the Internet always interpreted sensorship as damage and re-routed around it.

2/25/2008 11:20:33 PM

werewolf

Shouldn't they have called New Delhi for tech support? Bwaaahaaahaahaahaa!

2/25/2008 11:31:36 PM

Philbert McAdamia

Is this about the 12 minutes of "60 Minutes" blocked in Alabama that was offensive to republicans?

2/25/2008 11:35:25 PM

solomongrundy

And yeah, people in those countries go along with it because they are fed bullshit by their imams and politicians till they believe that the only way to please their Allah is to have deadly kite flying contests. And reject modern thought in general. Forget about the kite flying, I don't know where that came from.

Fighting kite flying was enormously popular in Afghanistan (let's face it, there's damn all else you were allowed to do there) until it was recently banned. I guess that's what you're thinking of.

2/25/2008 11:43:31 PM

Broken Egg

You can't censor the Internet. You can't even try.

You will fail.

2/25/2008 11:43:51 PM

solomongrundy

Tell that to Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, sentenced to death in a four-minute court case in Afghanistan for allegedly downloading a document on women's rights.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/how-he-was-sentenced-to-die-786832.html

2/25/2008 11:50:50 PM

Shep

To be honest this looks more like a mistake than an attempt at world censorship. I don't agree with censorship at all mind you, but it seems what happened here is Pakistans internal national changes to web routing 'leaked' out to the rest of the worlds DNS servers from one box with a priority high enough that it spread almost everywhere in about two minutes. Whoops. (Big whoops actually.)
They stopped doing it as soon as the complaints flooded in.

More detail here - http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080225-insecure-routing-redirects-youtube-to-pakistan.html

All fairly pointless anyway as there are still dozens of ways to get to Youtube from inside Pakistan with a minimum of technical knowledge.

2/26/2008 12:01:44 AM

www.evolvedrational.com

Don't like it, don't watch it!

2/26/2008 12:03:10 AM
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