Pak's leading IT institutes denies access to social media sites
Pakistan's leading IT institutes have blocked the access for social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter on campus Internet and Wi-Fi networks for students, it has been revealed.
Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), the International Islamic University (IIU), the Pir Mehr Ali Shah University of Arid Agriculture and the Comsats Institute of Information Technology, one of the country's leading institutes for IT are among those who have denied access to the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, the Dawn reported.
A Dawn survey has revealed that both sites have been blocked at FJWU since at least 2011, while IIU implemented the ban in May. Arid University introduced the measure in June while Comsats, the latest entrant to this club, blocked access in July.
Shakeel Shah, IIU Deputy Director IT, said that they blocked access to social media websites because teachers complained that students were too preoccupied surfing the web and they used Twitter and Facebook during university hours, which disrupted the classroom environment.
A member of the Comsats faculty said that some young women complained of harassment by fellow students and accused of posting insulting comments.
Shahbaz Ahmed, Comsats spokesperson, said that the varsity had implemented the ban in early July due to various reasons. However, the ban might be lifted very soon.
(Posted on 04-08-2014)