Google’s affiliated video-uploading website, YouTube, is the largest video-sharing site in the world. There are all kinds of material that can be found on YouTube. The site itself provides options to refer to a video as a spam if it has questionable content and thus can be removed from the site as a result. Pakistan, along with some other Muslim states, has banned YouTube access due to a 14-minute film trailer of the blasphemous film making a mockery of Islam and the Holy Prophet.
Even though a lot of users have flagged the anti-Islam video as inappropriate, but it continues to be online. Due to such reasons of not stopping ‘hate speech’ YouTube has been barred in many educational institutes too in countries like Australia. However, the valid question is, will banning websites like YouTube actually makes any impact to the kind of change one wishes to see in practice by internationally renowned sites like YouTube?
Internet accessibility has been declared as one of the basic human rights by the United Nations in the modern world today, which is moving ahead with social media and digital technology. The recent incidents also highlight the need for some kind of a regulation by the international community over the content which is so openly accessible by all.
YouTube is a site which can be used for educational and informational purposes too, as many research institutes and news media have their own separate channels on the site. Due to one unacceptable kind of content, access to all that is useful is blocked. I think that the Pakistan government should reconsider their decision and instead convince YouTube to take off the video. The links have already been blocked, so there should be no hesitancy in reopening YouTube.