Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube continue to remain inaccessible in Pakistan despite the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s announcement about restoring mobile broadband services. The regulatory authority had suspended mobile broadband and restricted access to social media platforms on orders from the interior ministry in the wake of violent protests after the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan. While the PTA had said services would be restored in a staggered manner, internet connectivity watchdog, Downdetector, showed a spike in outage reports since May 12. Most people accessed Twitter through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to voice their concerns, while Pakistani hashtags trended in the Netherlands as VPN use increased. The Nest I/O Founder Jehan Ara condemned the move and emphasised that access to information was a basic human right. Encountering issues while accessing social media, many journalists and Netizens took to Twitter to express their concerns over the continued internet restrictions.
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