Everyone was distressed by the sudden social media blackout in the mid of Friday. Rumors sprang up in community gossip sittings about the unusual embargo. Pakistan blocked social media applications including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and WhatsApp on Friday as a security measure and people weren’t pleased. Hilarious Twitter Reactions at PTA on 4-Hour Social Media Blackout.
The Ministry of Interior on Friday rapt the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)
The momentary ban blocked all access to social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and messaging apps Whatsapp and Telegram across the country starting at 11:00 am local time (06:00 GMT) on Friday, an interior ministry official said.
“This was imposed in anticipation of [Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan or TLP] protests and their penetration in the social media [is very high],”
According to news reports,
“PTA temporarily blocks access to social media platforms — Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Telegram — from 11 am to 3 pm. The services had been blocked by the government, with the country’s telecommunications regulator saying the step had been taken to maintain public order and safety”.
Amidst coronavirus all types of activities are scheduled on the digital platform, without any prior notice the social media shut down was quite annoying. The PTA then announced the move on Twitter, instigate skepticism from the few users able to access the site using VPNs or just sheer dumb luck. With their VPN cloaks on, Pakistanis spent their time making and sharing memes on social media, and we can’t stop chuckling.
Hilarious Twitter Reactions at PTA on 4-Hour Social Media Blackout
The ban’s been hauled up and life on the internet is back to normal after four hours. Pakistan can serenely browse now, though vigilantly because we are unaware of any unexpected outrage yet to come. Nevertheless, who can stop memes to pop up after any unusual bustle!
ROFL using social media to inform block of social media https://t.co/qubPTN5Gzx
— Norbert 🦺 (@norbalm) April 16, 2021
bro Madina ki riyaaasat mai ek jaisa insaaf hona chahiye, apna bhi band kar
— کاظمی (@HaayeShabbir) April 16, 2021
PTA Informing us that they have temporarily banned social media on Twitter.
Yeh bhi VPN chala rhy? https://t.co/9NaKn2Rgg5
— عنود (@Anuu_Anood) April 16, 2021
okay but what VPN are you using to tweet this? https://t.co/TI18q8ycY5
— Maryam (@maryamful) April 16, 2021
If this state goes on a China-like path, I really would like all the Naya diaspora types to return home, WITH their kids, and experience the joy of the SNC; the glory of social media outages/bans/blocks; the wonder of not knowing whether your tweet results in a Vigo ride or not
— Zebunnisa Burki (@zburki) April 16, 2021
PTA jab log uski tweet phir bhi retweet kar rahe pic.twitter.com/nqPYTz0ni1
— Umer. (@saint_umer) April 16, 2021
— Brown Girl ✨ (@the_desi_dream) April 16, 2021
— ᗴᖇᖇOᖇ_シ︎ (@oy_Mental) April 16, 2021
People took the bull by the horns and put the question on PTA’s rationality. The series of reactions people pour on social media may be hostile to PTA. Some people missed the entire thing, though several others felt lost.