Pakistan blocked social media platform X over national security, ministry says

Users have reported problems using X in the country since mid-February, but the government made no official announcements

By Reuters

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X' logo is seen on the top of the headquarters of the messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter, in downtown San Francisco, California, U.S., on July 30, 2023. — Reuters
X' logo is seen on the top of the headquarters of the messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter, in downtown San Francisco, California, U.S., on July 30, 2023. — Reuters

Published: Wed 17 Apr 2024, 2:47 PM

Pakistan's interior ministry said on Wednesday it ordered the temporary blockage of social media platform X in February on national security concerns, confirming a long-suspected shutdown.

Users have reported problems using X, formerly known as Twitter, in Pakistan since mid-February, but the government made no official announcements.


The interior ministry mentioned the shutdown in a written court submission on Wednesday.

"It is very pertinent to mention here that the failure of Twitter/X to adhere to the lawful directives of the government of Pakistan and address concerns regarding the misuse of its platform necessitated the imposition of a ban," the report seen by Reuters said.


X did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.


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