Friday, April 19, 2024

Widespread Internet Outage Grips Pakistan: Social Media Platforms Severely Affected

On Sunday night, a widespread disruption in internet services gripped the country, leading to difficulties accessing social media platforms. Complaints poured in from various regions, with users reporting outages on YouTube, Facebook, and X [formerly Twitter], while some turned to WhatsApp to flag issues. Cities such as Karachi, Lahore, Mirpur Khas, and Rawalpindi experienced severe impacts.

Downdetector noted that website versions of these apps became inaccessible around 7:00 pm. Despite numerous user reports, the cause of the outage remains unclear, as the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has yet to issue a statement.

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Surfshark, a Lithuania-based virtual private network company, disclosed in a report that Pakistan ranked below Iran and India in imposing internet restrictions during the first half of 2023. The report highlighted Asia as experiencing the highest concentration of internet shutdowns during this period.

Netblock, The Internet’s Observatory, confirmed the disruption, stating, “Live metrics show a nation-scale disruption to social media platforms across #Pakistan, including X/Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.”

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Izaan Zubair
Izaan Zubair
With a passion and curiosity for technology, Izaan is a seasoned writer with four years of experience. His expertise lies in translating complex tech updates into engaging stories. Beyond technology, Izaan keeps a finger on the pulse of worldly news, crafting exclusive narratives that inform and inspire his readers.

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