The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has deemed it inappropriate to text the word "quickie." It's just one of 1,695 supposedly 'obscene' words or terms Pakistan is trying to censor from text messages, but that Pakistan's mobile operators are refusing to ban until they receive clarification from the PTA. Other terms on the list include "fairy," "monkey crotch," "idiot," "deeper," and "no sex."
The latest crop of Facebook rivals is not driven by monetary ambitions but more altruistic causes. These efforts at snubbing the world's most popular social network site are being spearheaded by those aggrieved or even outraged by Facebook's actions.
A group of four students from NYU’s Courant Institute are in for a busy summer, with their concept of a “privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network” having received $200,000 from nearly 6500 backers on fundraising site Kickstarter.com. Their still-to-be-coded network is called Diaspora.
More about Diaspora and another rival's jihad against "blasphemous" Facebook after the jump.
Facebook and YouTube are now both banned in Pakistan, and as you might have guessed, the beef stems from caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed appearing on the social sites, according to an AP report.
"We strongly condemn the publication of blasphemous caricatures of our holy Prophet on Facebook," foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told reporters in the capital Islamabad. "They are committing these acts in the garb of freedom of press, which is not acceptable to us. Such malicious and insulting attacks hurt the feelings of Muslims around the world."
It all started when a private user on Facebook asked people to submit drawings of the Prophet Mohammed in an online competition. Islam prohibits the depiction of any prophet as blasphemous, and such things have a way of turning into riots, and sometimes worse. In 2008, a suicide attack outside the Danish embassy in Islamabad took the lives of eight victims. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility to avenge the publication of satirical cartoons of Mohammed in European newspapers in 2006.
Facebook is currently considering whether to make the offending page inaccessible in Pakistan.