The Pakistani government's relationship with the country's various
insurgent groups, sometimes described generally under the broad term "Taliban," is complicated. Pakistan actively fights some,
turns a blind eye to others, and is often accused of secretly backing
some groups. What's less complicated is the Pakistani government's
relationship with Facebook: The social networking site was blocked nationwide
on Wednesday because of a
single Facebook group that invites users to submit humorous drawing
of the prophet Mohammad, a violation of Islamic law. Nitin Pai, a
prominent Indian journalist and blogger, takes the opportunity to
compare and contrast.
- What Facebook Can Learn From Name-Changing Insurgent Groups "Dear Facebook: if the Pakistani govt bans you, you
only have to resurface under a new name."
- Pakistan Tougher on Facebook Than Terrorist
the difference between Facebook and [terrorist-associated group]
Jamaat-ud-Dawa? Ans: Facebook is banned in Pakistan."
Facebook Is Like Pakistani Terror Groups
"What's common to Facebook and Lashkar-e-Taiba?
Ans: They are both banned in Pakistan, but Pakistanis can still find
them if they want to."
'Good Facebook and Bad Facebook' Indian journalist Sidin Vadukut riffs off the oft-repeated claim that
Pakistan can support certain insurgents because there is a "good"
Taliban and a "bad" Taliban. He tweets, "Yes but why don't
Pakistanis get that there is good Facebook and bad Facebook?"
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