Why Do Asian Countries Ban Facebook?
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Why Do Asian Countries Ban Facebook?

What are the reasons why some Asian countries ban facebook?

A number of Asian countries had issued access bans to or have tried shutting down social networking site Facebook in the recent years. Most of the reasons involved social and religious concerns heavily affecting these countries’ political environment. Some countries making it to the list were Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria, Vietnam, Iran, China and Dubai.

Pakistan versus Facebook

With blasphemy as its lead, Pakistani high court ordered its Pakistani Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to ban the site after complaints were hurled against a user-generated contest page called “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” was discovered sometime in May 2010. The contest page enjoined members to a draw a caricature of Prophet Mohammed.

A number of devotees carried banners outside the courthouse condemning Facebook. The PTA, in turned, blocked the site url and issued instructions to internet-service providers. Along with YouTube Facebook, Wikipedia, You Tube and Flickr were also banned.

After two months and an official apology and assurance of zero blasphemy in the future, the court lifted the ban.

Bangladesh versus Facebook

A man was arrested in Dhaka, Bangladesh by the Rapid Action Batallion having charged with uploading images Prophet Mohammed and political leaders including Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The images were found to be obnoxious, offensive and blasphemous.

The images were entry pieces to the same competition Pakistan had above. Also, thousands of people joined protests against the site demanding for the site block. Following this, officials issued a temporary ban as Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) spokesman told that these images hurt the majority Muslim population.

The ban was lifted as soon as the images were removed.

China versus Facebook

When a group of “Xinjiang Independence” activists in China carried out their communications through Facebook, Chinese netizens initiated a boycott. They agreed that it was a threat to China’s national interest and that Facebook should be shut down. According to the report, the group was calling for a global protest at China’s embassies around the world.

On a survey conducted asking netizens whether Facebook should close the activist group or not, more than ninety-percent voted yes.

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Ranked #25 in Internet

I can see why more countries would want to ban it after recent events but there will always be something else to take its place.