Youtube censorship by Pakistan has global effects

Pakistan is the latest country that is trying to censor content on the Internet. ZDnet reports, under the header, state sponsored hacking, that the telecom company which manages most of Pakistan's internet traffic closed down the internet for some 'emergency re-routing'.

But Pakistan Telecom's decision caused Youtube to be blocked worldwide and highlights the vulnerability of a website as popular as Youtube, according to the BBC.

The Beeb has also Google on records for saying that the outage was due to some erroneous internet protocols caused by one engineer in Pakistan.

On Saturday morning, Pakistan apparently tried to block access to Youtube in order to boycott the site for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which had caused turmoil in the Muslim world, redirecting the content to more 'appropriate' websites.

It remains to be determined how a seemingly innocuous redirect ended up blacking out Youtube for that long.

Arstechnica's Iljitsch van Beijnum provides with a rather technical explanation of how due to a rule called "longest match first", the redirect might have gone awfully wrong.

According to, Youtube outage lasted a little more than 2 hours on Sunday morning Pacific time.