Pakistan’s government ordered Internet service providers to block Facebook on Wednesday amid anger over a page that encourages use to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.The page on the social networking site has generated criticism in Pakistan and elsewhere because Islam prohibits any images of the prophet. The government took action after a group of Islamic lawyers won a court order Wednesday requiring officials to block Facebook until May 31.
By Wednesday evening, access to the site was sporadic, apparently because Internet providers were implementing the order.
1. Facebook has 400 million users. Only 2 million are from Pakistan. That is 0.5% of the total Facebook audience.
2. The offending Facebook page that the Pakistan government banned had about 30,000 members 3 days before May 20.
3. Following the complete ban of Facebook in Pakistan, the offending page has 80,000 members and growing as of Thursday evening.