Google has come out with a customized version of Youtube, where it can be locally censored. SO now Youtube is back in Pakistan as the country had banned the whole website for several years now.#YouTube returns to #Pakistan via Locally Censor-able Custom Version Click To Tweet
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority banned YouTube back in 2012 after an offensive anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, was posted. Now with the localized version, the PTA has a more direct line of access to Google to deal with offensive content.
In its announcement this morning, the PTA noted, “Google has provided an online web process through which requests for blocking access of the offending material can be made by PTA to Google directly and Google/YouTube will accordingly restrict access to the said offending material for users within Pakistan.”
Google has been trying to get back to China for quite sometime now for Youtube, so this will be a good way back.
With Google reportedly in talks with Chinese authorities about opening a new Android app store, speculation is rife that an agreement could see government-approved apps would come automatically installed on Google’s Android smartphones designed for the Chinese market.
Compromising with the “freedom of expression” principle is a good way to perpetuate the business for Google. Hopefully, it will be useful socially as well.