Pakistan authorities have removed a block on Twitter that first came into force over the weekend after officials took offence at a series of religiously inflammatory tweets.
According to the Express Tribune, the Pakistani authorities banned access to Twitter over the weekend in response to stream of tweets concerning the caricature of Prophet Muhammad.
Internet service providers in the country were ordered to block Twitter after if refused to remove the offending tweets.
But that ban was hastily revised, with access being restored on Sunday night.
The ban had been described as “despicable” by Bytes for All, Pakistan, an internet rights campaign group. It provided local users with advice and tools to circumvent the block, including advice on using proxies and the Tor network.
“We strongly advise all aware and conscious citizens to denounce this Twitter ban and reject this oppressive slap on citizens' basic human right to democracy, freedom of expression and access to information and continue to use Twitter in protest,” it said in a blog post.
But while the blocking of Twitter raised a firestorm in Pakistan, the micro-blogging service has long shown willingness to work with governments to censor tweets where necessary.
Earlier this year, Twitter confirmed that it had implemented a management feature which allowed it block content in individual nations, in accordance with local laws.
Twitter has not returned calls requesting comment on why this feature wasn't used in Pakistan. But it seems likely that either Twitter was not convinced that local laws had been broken or that the authorities had not followed the proper procedure for enacting a local block.
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