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    Twitter Restores Access to Pakistani Notices

    Chilling Effects Staff, June 17, 2014

    Abstract: Today, June 17th, Twitter has restored access to the tweets and Twitter accounts that it blocked in Pakistan on May 18th, using its Country Withheld Content tool.
    Pakistani authorities had requested the removal of the material, claiming that it was "blasphemous" or "unethical".

    Twitter issued the following comment about its restoration of the blocked content.

    "We always strive to make the best, most informed decisions we can when we're compelled to reactively withhold identified content in specific jurisdictions around the world. On May 18, 2014, we made an initial decision to withhold content in Pakistan based on information provided to us by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Consistent with our longstanding policies we provided notice to all of the affected account holders and published the actioned takedown requests on Chilling Effects to maximize transparency regarding our decision. We have reexamined the requests and, in the absence of additional clarifying information from Pakistani authorities, have determined that restoration of the previously withheld content is warranted. The content is now available again in Pakistan."


    You can find the notices in question here on Chilling Effects at these URLs.

    http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1713551
    http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1713552
    http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1713553
    http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1713554
    http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1713555

    along with Twitter's other notices, including other CWC notices, at
    https://www.chillingeffects.org/twitter

    - The Chilling Effects Team



    Today, June 17th, Twitter has restored access to the tweets and Twitter accounts that it blocked in Pakistan on May 18th, using its Country Withheld Content tool.
    Pakistani authorities had requested the removal of the material, claiming that their content was "blasphemous" or "unethical."

    Twitter issued the following comment about its restoration of the blocked content.

    "We always strive to make the best, most informed decisions we can when we're compelled to reactively withhold identified content in specific jurisdictions around the world. On May 18, 2014, we made an initial decision to withhold content in Pakistan based on information provided to us by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Consistent with our longstanding policies we provided notice to all of the affected account holders and published the actioned takedown requests on Chilling Effects to maximize transparency regarding our decision. We have reexamined the requests and, in the absence of additional clarifying information from Pakistani authorities, have determined that restoration of the previously withheld content is warranted. The content is now available again in Pakistan."


    You can find the notices in question here on Chilling Effects at these URLs.

    http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1713551

    http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1713552

    http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1713553

    http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1713554

    http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1713555

    along with Twitter's other notices, including other CWC notices, at
    https://www.chillingeffects.org/twitter


    The Chilling Effects Team

     


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