Tania Aidrus says banning YouTube will hold country back from achieving the vision of Digital Pakistan


Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan, Tania Aidrus expressing her opinion on the possible ban on YouTube said that banning a platform like YouTube is not a solution actually it will us Pakistan back from achieving the vision of Digital Pakistan.

Tania Aidrus on her official twitter account @taidrus said, “Banning a platform like YouTube is not a solution.”

It is pertinent to note Youtube was banned in September 2012 after an anti-Islam film was uploaded to the platform, sparking violent protests across major cities but on January 18, 2016 Pakistan lifted the ban only after the Google owned video sharing platform launched a local version that allows the government to demand removal of material it considers offensive. According to Alexa Internet, video sharing platform YouTube is the second most popular website as of August 2019.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan said, “The 3 years when YouTube was banned in Pakistan it held back our content creator ecosystem which has just started to flourish now, creating employment opportunities for thousands.”

She pointed out the, “Our focus should be on ensuring better curation of content through policy and dialogue. Brute force measures like banning will not serve any purpose and will hold us back from achieving the vision of #DigitalPakistan.”

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How it all started?

The Supreme Court on Wednesday hinted at banning YouTube in Pakistan while hearing the case of a man involved in a crime uploading content on Youtube. During the hearing, Justice Mushir Alam remarked that no one can share content against United States or Europe on YouTube. There are many countries that have banned the video sharing platform while several countries control social media through local laws.

Social media users have expressed their opinion on Twitter and the #YouTubeBan remained top trend for next 24 hours.

Faisal Kapadia on his Twitter handle @faisalkapadia said, “As one of the signatories in the case against the government to stop the initial banning of YouTube back in the day…let me say this once again…”you cannot ban the internet without jumping into the abyss of regression” #YouTubeban.”

Host Qutb Online at SAMAA TV, Syed Bilal Qutab on his Twitter account @BilalQutab opined, “The previous Youtube ban in Pakistan did so much damage to content creators of Pakistan, also affected thousands of businesses. Plus a lot of ill-image to the country, banning apps and games is not the solution. If cars do accidents, do you shut the entire motorway.”

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