We are all well-aware of the fact that many informative, productive and entertaining content is available on YouTube and many talented YouTubers are making hefty sum out of it. On Wednesday, 22 July 2020, the Supreme Court of Pakistan hinted at shutting down the site in the nation because of “objectionable content” being shared on the site. Much of our creativity had been dented due to ban on You Tube for a good many years and ultimately hampered our digital growth.
YouTube allows us to browse through thousands of great videos online and discover great content for ourselves. Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin and Justice Mushir Alam claimed that YouTube users were wrongfully targeting their families after particular court rulings. Taking into account their statement, special assistant to Prime minister Tania Aidrus pointed towards its consequences.
“Banning a platform like YouTube is not a solution. The 3 years when YouTube was banned in Pakistan it held back our content creator ecosystem which has just started to flourish now, creating employment opportunities for thousands. Pakistan’s digital industry is spurring and influencing many people all across the globe owing to their exquisite content.”
With that news creating hype on social media, many top-notch celebrities, Youtubers and twitteratis showcased their views regarding the matter and opposed the potential ban on YouTube. YouTube has been keeping us all updated and proved to be significant in connecting us to the world undoubtedly. Pakistanis are raising their voice against the impending ban on YouTube by the Supreme court and using their social media platforms to share their perspectives and logical views.
Hundreds of Pakistani news, entertainment, music, food, and travel channels are earning money from the platform while millions of citizens use it for educational and entertainment purposes. Apart from that, many deserving content creators would be facing a huge setback if it happens in the near future.
Many celebrities enraged over the possible ban on YouTube and took to their social media platforms to share their opinion. These ace celebrities did not shy away to portray their stance, including Mehwish Hayat, Osman Khalid Butt, Zara Noor Abbas and Ahmed Ali Butt also took to social media.
Mehwish Hayat TI
Really? Banning YouTube??
What next – Twitter, Insta, FB, Netflix or even WhatsApp? Freedom of speech is the basic tenet of any society. In Pakistan, social media provides checks & balances that mainstream doesn’t. Progressive states shouldn’t need to resort to bans!! #YouTubeban
Osman Khalid Butt and Sheerin Rehman also indulged in an argument regarding the You Tube ban in Pakistan;
Osman Khalid Butt
Yes, we need stricter labor laws in place. Child domestic labor needs to be defined & added in the list of ‘hazardous’ occupations in:
Pakistan Employment of Children Act 1991,
Punjab Restriction on Employment of Children Act 2016,
KP Prevention of Child Labour Act 2015
Don’t we first need a law on minimum age for employment? (Looking into one.)This kind of heinous crime must get exemplary penalties, but that won’t be enough for other monsters to break little lives like this 💔
Zara Noor Abbas Siddiqui
#YouTubeban There is a massive industry of content creators, digital makers and entertainers in Pakistan that survive on YouTube. Filter content would be a great idea but Banning YouTube will only create more idleness and negativity amongst the professionals and the public.
SYEDA TUBA AAMIR
Im against banning apps/websites. This is not the solution as every social media web has its downside, even on twitter ppl abuse! We need better cyber laws to restrict objectionable content & counter bullying. Banning apps will never let us grow in the digital world. #YouTubeban
Ahmed Ali butt stated his opinion as follows;
“PTA, ban the internet – what you don’t understand or control, you ban anyway. There are so many people who earn a decent living from social media, actors included. Instead of a ban you should get better security measures in place. It’s not fair to block an industry because of a few bad apples.”
It has been observed that many celebrities also started their own blogs and You Tube channels to interact with their fans amidst the pandemic.
Zaid Ali t took to his twitter and elaborated the consequences of You Tube ban in Pakistan;
YouTube Raza Samo from Khujlee Family, who goes by Awesamo on their channel, spoke up on the matter. He stated in his video that only those channels which are creating absurd and negative content should be banned on YouTube. Banning YouTube in Pakistan would only shatter the dreams of creative content creators.
Ali Gul Pir also shared his opinion related to it by stating He also stated that the government has done next to nothing to support creators and their efforts either.
Twitteratis also did what they are good at-making meme- #youtubeban has been trending on twitter and they can’t handle this impending YouTube ban in Pakistan.