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Facebook Has Reopened in Pakistan

Pakistan lifted the Facebook ban on Monday after Facebook officials apologized for offensive content and removed it from the site.

Two weeks ago, a Pakistani court had ordered the authorities to block Facebook due to a contest that called for caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

“The government has assured the court on behalf of the website that the blasphemous material would not seen in Pakistan,” said lawyer Azhar Siddique .Siddique is a representative of the Islamic Lawyers Forum, a group whose petition called for the Facebook ban.

It seems that Facebook didn’t completely remove the groups deemed offensive to Muslims, instead blocking access to them from Pakistan and, possibly, other Islamic countries. The same Facebook search we conducted then still yields two groups which feature several caricatures of the Islamic Prophet.

Recently, Bangladesh also blocked Facebook over satirical images deemed offensive to Muslims.

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