Pakistan Lifts Ban on YouTube

Pakistan announced on Monday it had lifted a three-year ban on YouTube after the video-sharing site launched a local version that gives the government access to demand removal of materical considered offensive. Pakistan banned YouTube in September 2012 after the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims appeared on the site, inciting violent protests across the country. The new version of YouTube allows the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to request blocking offensive material, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom said in a statement.