Government is throttling service: Twitterati react after Twitter stops working in Pakistan

WION Web Team
Islamabad, Pakistan Published: May 18, 2020, 01.43 PM(IST)

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Locals are alleging that the nationwide disruption has been caused by the Pakistan government to impede the SAATH Virtual Conference, being held to discuss the issue of enforced disappearances of minorities in Pakistan.

The popular social media platform, Twitter, stopped working in Pakistan on Sunday out of the blue. However, the users are able to access their account only using the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Twitter has, till now, not responded to the complaints on this issue.

"Disruption to Twitter and Periscope registered across Pakistan with impact to multiple networks; incident ongoing," said NetBlocks.org, an internet's observatory which tracks disruptions and shutdowns across the world.

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A user named the Downdetector showed a live outage in Pakistan. Locals are alleging that the nationwide disruption has been caused by the Pakistan government to impede the SAATH Virtual Conference, being held to discuss the issue of enforced disappearances of minorities in Pakistan.

"Can`t connect to Zoom either. Some people are claiming both have been blocked on most ISPs because of the #SAATHVirtualConf2020. Don`t know if this is true, but if so then it seems pretty counterproductive since I only found out about the conference because of this," said Reema Khurshid, another Twitter user from Pakistan.

Some users also alleged that the video-conferencing application, Zoom, is also not working in Pakistan.

(With inputs from ANI)

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