PTA investigates ISPs for allowing access to YouTube

4 Dec 2012

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is planning to take action against a number of internet service providers (ISPs) for opening access to video sharing website YouTube without the permission of the regulator, the Business Recorder writes. The PTA had banned access to the site earlier this year after an anti-Islam video posted there sparked riots and protests across the country. In spite of the ban, a number of ISPs reopened access to YouTube in certain cities yesterday: a spokesperson from the PTA confirmed that the government’s position had not changed, and the website was still banned. The watchdog has launched an investigation into the ISPs, which may face the withdrawal or suspension of their operating licences.