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Facebook feature “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” didn’t play well there.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority yesterday told Internet service providers in their country to block YouTube because of its “growing sacrilegious content,” according to the BBC.

A Pakistani court ordered Facebook blocked Wednesday as well because of a feature it’s carrying called “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” Images of the Prophet are considered sacrilegious in Islam.

Wikipedia pages deemed offensive also are being filtered, BBC said.

YouTube says it is investigating and would try to restore service as soon as possible. Facebook said the “Draw Muhammad” content did not violate its terms.

BBC story here: “Pakistan blocks access to YouTube in internet crackdown”

An underlying theme in many of these censorship stories seems to be “will proxy connections skirt government shutdowns of parts of the Internet?”

Nobody ever said globalization was gonna be easy.

Tom Kelchner