Pakistan takes top spot for blocking content on Facebook


Facebook says it blocked over 2,203 posts or videos in Pakistan for allegedly violating local laws, the highest number of content restrictions for any country in the first six months of the year.

In the latest update of its biannual Transparency report released on Friday, the social networking website said it restricted access to 15,337 items from January to June 2018—14 percent or 2,203 of which came from Pakistan.

“We restricted access in Pakistan to items reported by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority as allegedly violating local laws prohibiting blasphemy, harassment, anti-judiciary content, and condemnation of the country’s independence,” the social networking website said.

This was the first time Facebook said it restricted access to items allegedly violating Pakistani laws prohibiting anti-judiciary content.

“We also restricted access to 87 items in response to reports related to defamation,” it added.

Facebook did not break down the number of requests for each type of content restriction or give details of individual items blocked.