Social Media Sites Unblocked In Iran And Pakistan

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Iranians have reported that they are able to access previously blocked social media sites, following the lifting of sanctions by the West. Citizens are now allegedly able to access YouTube and Twitter, which have both been blocked in the country since 2009. It is unclear whether the ban on YouTube and Twitter has been permanently lifted or if the censorship could be re-imposed. Iran has temporarily allowed access to banned social media sites in the past only to block access again soon afterwards. The news comes as Pakistan also unblocked YouTube after a localised version of the website targeting the Pakistani market was launched. YouTube had previously been blocked in Pakistan due to the country’s strict anti-blasphemy laws, which banned content deemed offensive to Islam. The new localised version of YouTube has agreed to remove sensitive content if requested to do so by the Pakistani government. 

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