Pakistan Lifts Facebook Ban

But any 'blasphemous' material is still off limits
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted May 31, 2010 8:48 AM CDT
Pakistan Lifts Facebook Ban
A Pakistani religious party holds a rally against an Internet Facebook page Sunday. The banner reads "government take immediately action against Face Book and boycott Norwegian and Swedish products".   (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A Pakistani court today lifted the country's Facebook ban—or at least part of it. The site, which was blocked two weeks ago in response to an "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" contest, was made accessible after the court was assured by the government that "blasphemous" material would remain blocked. Likewise, access to YouTube, minus links to "sacrilegious or profane material," was restored last week. Facebook was blocked yesterday in Bangladesh, notes Reuters. (More Facebook stories.)

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