Wikipedia not working? That’s because it has been degraded by the Pakistani government for 48 hours. On Wednesday, the PTA tweeted that it had issued a notice to Wikipedia asking it to block/remove “sacrilegious content”. “An opportunity of hearing was also provided. However, the platform neither complied with by removing the blasphemous content nor appeared before the Authority,” it said. The authority has threatened a permanent block in case of non-compliance, which has netizens very frustrated.
“After successfully resolving issues like terrorism, corruption, unemployment, illiteracy, poverty, rupee devaluation, child labour, over population, and inflation the PDM government has finally decided to go after the real issue in the country - Wikipedia!,” wrote one user.
“Terrorists bomb a mosque killing 100 innocent people and the government of Pakistan threatens to…block access to Wikipedia,” wrote another.
They reminded everyone of the bans of yesterday .
Wikipedia is a major platform that many rely on for sourcing information because of its ease of use and format.
And there may be simpler solutions than an outright block.
What do you think?
Pakistani Twitter criticises PTA’s decision to ‘degrade’ Wikipedia