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Social Media Dilemma: Pakistan Grapples with 'X' Platform Shutdown

  • Posted on February 24, 2024
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Pakistani users are facing a significant challenge as the popular social media platform 'X', owned by Elon Musk, remains offline for nearly a week. Despite concerns and reports of disruption, the government and authorities have provided no official explanation, leaving users disconnected and frustrated. The Sindh High Court has intervened, ordering the restoration of services, but the situation remains unresolved.

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For almost a week, Pakistani users have been unable to access the widely used social media platform 'X', owned by tech billionaire Elon Musk, leaving them disconnected and frustrated. The outage, with no official explanation from authorities, has prompted concerns and reports of disruption across the nation. The caretaker government, including Dr. Umar Saif, the Caretaker Minister for Information and Technology, has not provided immediate comment, and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has yet to release an official statement regarding the matter.

According to reports from Geo News, the shutdown began last Saturday, triggering worries among users nationwide. Downdetector.com, a website tracker, indicated potential problems with 'X' based on user reports, exacerbating uncertainties about the situation.

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Despite Pakistan's status as one of the top global internet users, challenges in internet availability persist, with the country often ranking lower compared to its counterparts. Authorities have a history of intermittently disrupting access to social media platforms, with previous instances occurring before the general elections on February 8, attributed to errors or security concerns.

Meanwhile, the Sindh High Court has intervened, issuing an order directing the PTA to fully restore 'X' services across the country. The court has requested a detailed response from the authority and other involved parties, yet accessibility remains pending as the PTA has not yet complied. The ongoing blackout highlights the complexities of digital connectivity and governance in Pakistan's technological landscape.

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