Pakistan Lifts Facebook Ban, Bangladesh Blocks Facebook

The Lahore High Court on Monday lifted the ban on social networking website in Pakistan which had carried a competition to draw the Prophet Mohammad. The court ordered Facebook unblocked after getting assurance from the government that “blasphemous material” would no longer be available in Pakistan.

Pakistan had also blocked access to video networking site, YouTube, to contain un-Islamic content, but this was partially lifted last week although links to videos containing “sacrilegious or profane material” remain restricted.

On Sunday, Bangladesh also blocked access to Facebook over “objectionable” material about the Prophet Mohammad. The ban, imposed late on Saturday, was expected to be temporary.

Any representation of the Prophet Mohammad is deemed un-Islamic and blasphemous by Muslims and Facebook was blocked two weeks ago in Pakistan because of the online caricature contest.

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