Pakistani showbiz celebrities took to social media calling out authorities for banning YouTube in the country.
It was a day ago when the top court took notice of the objectionable content on the video-sharing platform YouTube and hinted at banning it within the country.
After the Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry who opposed a ban on internet-based apps in Pakistan, many actors including Mehwish Hayat, Zara Noor Abbas, Aijaz Aslam, and others expressed their dismay over the trending news of #YouTubeban.
Really? Banning YouTube??— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) July 22, 2020
What next – Twitter, insta,FB, Netflix or even WhatsApp? Freedom of speech is the basic tenet of any society. In Pakistan, social media provides checks & balances that mainstream doesn’t. Progressive states shouldn’t need to resort to bans!! #YouTubeban
#YouTubeban There is a massive industry of content creators, digital makers and entertainers in Pakistan that survive on YouTube. Filter content would be a great idea but Banning YouTube will only create more idleness and negativity amongst the professionals and the public.— Zara Noor Abbas Siddiqui (@ZaraNoorAbbas) July 22, 2020
#YouTubeban We have already lost too many jobs due to this Pandemic. Lives.. Let's be moderate in this Ban towards YouTube. If downsizing and joblessness continues like this, the next big pandemic could be mental inactivity which will cause further crimes and induce negativity.— Zara Noor Abbas Siddiqui (@ZaraNoorAbbas) July 22, 2020
Why can’t we block the accounts posting inappropriate content .. why depriving the whole nation .. this is such a shame pic.twitter.com/Pe2bPZ4Z5e— aijaz aslam (@aijazz7) July 22, 2020
YouTube ban in 2012 proved disastrous for the industry & is partly responsible of y we dont have local offices of Google,Facebook,Twitter etc. SC point was about regulation.With rules under PECA already being discussed with tech companies, there is NO question about #YouTubeban— Dr. Shaista Lodhi (@IamShaistaLodhi) July 22, 2020
The honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan should consider what Senator Aitezaz Ahsan had said about the YouTube ban in Pakistan in 2012: “Banning YouTube for a few objectionable videos is akin to burning an entire library because of a few books there one doesn’t like”. #YouTubeban— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) July 22, 2020
Supreme Court is separate from Government to Army u ppl fail to understand #YouTubeban https://t.co/jpMs2k7Ess its the Religious debates on YouTube that is forcing Supreme Court to go for a ban mulvi should be stopped from posting sect hateful content— Waqar Zaka (@ZakaWaqar) July 22, 2020