Pakistan lifts ban on Facebook

Posted May 31, 2010 by Brenton Currie
Bloomberg reports that a Pakistani court has lifted a restriction that saw Facebook banned in the country for the past 12 days.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Pakistan blocked the world's most popular social networking website, Facebook, on May 19, after a user on the service created a page asking other Facebook users to draw their version of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam.
Late today however, Bloomberg reported that the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, had "spoken" to Facebook who had assured him that no "blasphemous" material would be available to Pakistani visitors.
“The counsel for the state provided documents showing correspondence between the Facebook management and Richard Holbrooke,” Zulfiqar told Bloomberg.
“According to those documents, Facebook assured the court no blasphemous material will be available to users in Pakistan.”
According to Bloomberg, a court hearing on the matter will be held again on June 15.
The news comes following the unblocking of YouTube in the country on May 27, which was blocked a day after the ban on Facebook was imposed.