In an expected turn of events, social media platforms across Pakistan faced widespread disruption, affecting popular services such as X, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, according to internet monitoring service NetBlocks.
Reports started pouring in from users in major cities like Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, indicating difficulties in accessing social media platforms after 8 pm. Users also complained of slow internet services during the disruption.
NetBlocks, a prominent internet watchdog organization, immediately reported the incident and described it as a “nationwide disruption”. The cause of the disruption is still unclear.
This incident draws attention to a recurring trend, as this is not the first time that access to social media has been hampered in Pakistan.
On May 9, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) confirmed the suspension of mobile broadband across the country on the instructions of the Ministry of Interior. NetBlocks reported restrictions on access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube following the arrest of PTI chief Imran Khan in the Al-Qadri Trust case.