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X, formerly Twitter, faces countrywide 'restriction' in Pakistan

Pakistan faces countrywide inaccessibility of X in "longest internet" outage

By Web Desk
February 18, 2024
The image represents the logo of social media platform X. — Unsplash
The image represents the logo of social media platform X. — Unsplash

Internet users in the country reportedly faced issues in accessing X, formerly Twitter, as the social media site was "restricted" for 24 hours, NetBlocks said on Sunday. 

The cyber security watchdog said: "metrics showed that X/Twitter has now been restricted in Pakistan for 24 hours", which according to NetBlocks was the longest in a series of countrywide internet outages. 

The countrywide inaccessibility was initially reported by Downdetector.pk this evening, as the site went down for hours for the second time in less than 24 hours since Saturday night.

As per the real time internet and social media outage and monitoring service, there were at least 16 reports of potential issues on X all over the country around 4:45pm, which later soared to 83 at some point.

— Downdetector
— Downdetector

Users on X were unable to view posts on the social media site as the message "this site can't be reached" appeared whenever they tried to load it.

The country has been facing frequent internet and social media site outages recently, especially for a couple of months during the ongoing situation in the wake of general election 2024.

The netizens complained about their inability to connect to X for hours on Saturday night.

Moreover, the country witnessed disruptions on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, streaming giant YouTube, Google services as well as internet service provider PTCL last month.

Individually, X was hit by global outages in May, 2023, after huge number of complaints were been submitted by the users across the world.