May 13, 2023
By Hamza Saeed
Twitter & YouTube still blocked in Pakistan as mobile internet access is restored after 4 days.
Most people accessing Twitter through a VPN, presumably the Prime Minister of the country as well.
Meanwhile, Pakistani hashtags are trending in the Netherlands as VPN use skyrockets.
— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) May 13, 2023
Internet services restored.
Me to VPN: pic.twitter.com/m6uJIoF20v
— BuffetKhor Jinnah (@BuffetKh0r) May 12, 2023
Internet services restored ✅
*Le internet speed* pic.twitter.com/JJgGFVcyl0
— عاقد (@aquidtweets) May 12, 2023
Why is @Twitter blocked again in Pakistan? Too much freedom allowed yesterday?
— Abdul Moiz Jaferii (@Jaferii) May 13, 2023
Based on the most recent study conducted by 10VPN, the demand for VPN services experienced a significant surge of 489 percent on May 9th when compared to the average daily demand observed in the previous 28 days.
Blocking access to social media platforms like #twitter #youtube #facebook is yet another move I don’t understand at all. This is not the first time this has happened. I thought access to information and freedom of expression were basic human rights guaranteed to us under the…
— jehan_ara (@jehan_ara) May 13, 2023
Prime Minister of Pakistan is using a VPN to tweet this. https://t.co/jBr4AC9dlM
— Maria Memon (@Maria_Memon) May 13, 2023
Sahar Habib Ghazi, the Editor for VICE South Asia, tweeted that despite having 4G connectivity, they were unable to use Twitter and most other social media platforms without a VPN, whether on 4G or WiFi.
For the record, I have 4G but I can’t use Twitter and most social media without a VPN both on 4G and wifi.
— Sahar Habib Ghazi (@SaharHGhazi) May 13, 2023
If PDM is interested in Pak why has internet been banned for over 3 days? This is crippling daily wage workers dependent on e-commerce, careem and food panda riders etc. Banning platforms that are the living of others and then using VPNs to use the same is just… https://t.co/sV0RUJKY18
— Aaminah Qadir (@AaminahQ) May 13, 2023