Pakistani authorities have banned YouTube after an Internet monitoring unit decided the site’s "objectionable content" was increasing, the New York Times reports.
The unit, part of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, had earlier been blocking links from YouTube but a spokesman says that it was forced to block the entire site because of the content. The ban also covers some pages on Flickr and Wikipedia, and comes after access to Facebook was suspended amid the "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day," which Islamic lawyers had argued was offensive.
The spokesman said the ban will remain in effect until site administrators remove offending material. YouTube spokesman Scott Rudin said the company is investigating the shutdown and wants to restore the service as soon as it can.