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Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Telegram suspended in Pakistan: interior ministry


The Israeli Ministry of the Interior said on Friday that the social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and Telegram had been deactivated in Pakistan from 11 am to 3 pm.

The ministry stated that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has suspended social media platforms in accordance with its instructions.

The Ministry of the Interior took this action after a letter to the chairman of the PTA.

The ministry, in the letter, had requested the PTA to take action on the issue “immediately”.    

A PTA official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: “In order to maintain public order and safety, access to certain social media applications has been restricted temporarily.”

The suspension comes amid protests by a religious party in the country which led to chaos and the killing of three people, including two policemen.

Protests held in different cities have also caused serious traffic congestion and caused distress to the citizens.

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