X services restored in Pakistan after over 40-hour blockade

X services restored in Pakistan after over 40-hour blockade

The services were disrupted from Saturday night.
X services restored in Pakistan after over 40-hour blockade

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19 Feb 2024

After a disruption of over 40 hours, social media platform X (Twitter) services have been restored in Pakistan.

Suspension of 'X' services from Saturday night kept Pakistani users frustrated as they continued to be barred from accessing the popular microblogging site for over 40 hours, which was reportedly down amidst reports of 'election fraud'.

On Saturday, Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Liaquat Ali Chattha had resigned from his post in protest against electoral irregularities, saying rigging took place under his supervision. 

"We were forced to convert losers into winners with 70,000-80,000 votes margin by stamping fake ballot papers. I've done injustice to the people of Rawalpindi," he said while talking to media at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

Following the startling revelations, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), whose backed candidate emerged victorious with 92 national Assembly seats in the February 8 polls, claimed that the Commissioner's allegations have endorsed their stance over elections.

On the other hand, netizens took to the microblogging site to express their disapproval, demanding a fair investigation into the allegations.

Amidst debates over the regulation of social media and combating disinformation, experts advocated for self-correction mechanisms and co-regulation to address misinformation effectively. They emphasized the need for accountability, stressing that the state must take responsibility for disseminating false information.

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