ervices of social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and Telegram were restored in Pakistan on Friday after being suspended for four hours, Geo News reported.
Earlier today, the interior ministry had directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block social media platforms from 11am till 3pm.
The request by the Pakistan’s interior ministry to suspend the social media platforms was made in a letter sent to the PTA chairman.
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“In order to maintain public order and safety, access to certain social media applications has been restricted temporarily,” PTA had said in its explanation regarding the suspension of services.
Press Release: In order to maintain public order and safety, access to certain social media applications has been restricted temporarily.
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) April 16, 2021
The suspension came amid protests by a religious party in the country which led to chaos and the killing of three people, including two policemen.