Pakistan can now access Youtube again

Pakistan YouTube Ban
In this picture taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2013, Pakistani university students try to access YouTube in Karachi, Pakistan. For almost a year, Pakistanis wanting to watch the video-sharing website YouTube have had to find other alternatives. The site has been banned since Sept. 17, 2012 after Pakistani officials acting in response outrage across the country over the airing of an anti-Islamic film blocked access to YouTube. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

YouTube is back in Pakistan! Yes, after a three-year absence the country finally has access to the world’s biggest video hosting site, but wait… It’s a localised version.

The Google-owned website has released such localised versions for Nepal and Sri Lanka as well.

Pakistan blocked YouTube in 2012 after the posting of an offensive anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) now has much more access to Google to confront offensive content.

The PTA announced, “Google has provided an online web process through which requests for blocking access of the offending material can be made by PTA to Google directly and Google/YouTube will accordingly restrict access to the said offending material for users within Pakistan.”

As the Google blog post states, the tech giant seeks to “provide an even more tailored YouTube experience by launching versions that are optimised for Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka”, which is great news considering it will be an outlet for local works, artists and such to showcase their material. But it’s sad that Pakistanis won’t have access everything YouTube has to offer.

What if more countries start asking for this privilege – could this Google’s way of coming back into China?