Google likely to offer 'localized' for Pakistani users

Islamabad, Dec. 11 : Google is likely to offer a localized version of its video viewing and sharing site YouTube to users in Pakistan after certain conditions are met by both the search giant and the government.

YouTube, which has been blocked in Pakistan since September 2012, if agrees to keep the religious sensibilities of the land in mind and makes it easier to block any blasphemous or objectionable content, it may soon witness welcoming arms.

On the other hand, Pakistan's government has been asked by Google to not hold it responsible if blasphemous content is placed or uploaded on its website, Dawn reports.

Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Anusha Rehman announced the new arrangement with the management of Google/ YouTube, which could soon make localized accessible.

Rehman said that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is finalising a draft ordinance which will be processed by the ministry for enactment as law.

She further pointed that once YouTube is localized, blocking objectionable content would be easier than installing costly filtration mechanisms.

The state ministry said that Google also requested that by localizing YouTube, it would not be violating its own law of hindering freedom of expression.

--ANI (Posted on 11-12-2013)

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