Facebook blocks Pakistan rock band page

June 07, 2014 08:43 am | Updated May 23, 2016 06:42 pm IST - Islamabad

Facebook has blocked the page of a popular Pakistani rock band and others anti-Taliban accounts at the request of the government.

The Facebook page of rock band Laal (Red), which was set up by a group of progressive musicians in 2007, has been blocked. Laal Facebook page has more than 400,000 likes.

An official of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority confirmed that they asked Facebook to block certain accounts against which the authority had received complaints.

“Taalibansarezalimans”, an anti-Taliban forum and “Pakistani.meem”, a secular site have been recently blocked.

The group Laal frequently performs at progressive seminars and meetings. Some of its song are highly political and anti status coup.

Laal’s lead member Taimur Rehman told media that they were not informed about the decision.

Pakistan frequently bans social websites. YouTube was banned in 2012 and still remains out of access.

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