Facebook page that miffed Pakistan downed

The Facebook page that led to Pakistan banning access to the web site from within the country has been taken down.

Facebook denied having taken down the page itself, suggesting the author of the page - entitled Everybody Draw Mohammed Day! - had unilaterally decided it wasn't such a good idea after all.

Maybe it was downed by hackers. Details of a hack that allowed attackers to remove Facebook friends were published recently but a hack that allows pages to be downed has not been documented as far we we know.

The page had attracted more than 100,000 viewers most of whom were just curious, although many appeared rabidly bonkers.

Some maintained the effort was an attempt to highlight the importance of free speech. All very laudable but just because you can do something doesn't mean you should - especially if with the only aim of causing offence.

Pakistan moved quickly to block facebook and followed this up with a ban on YouTube.

It is not yet clear whether the disappearance of the page from Facebook will encourage Pakistan to lift the ban.