Twitter says it's being blocked by Pakistan's government

  • Twitter says the Pakistani government blocked the service on Saturday.
  • Other social media sites like Facebook may be blocked as well.
  • It’s unclear why Pakistan would block social media sites, but it could be related to recent protests in the country.

Twitter’s service was blocked by Pakistan’s government Saturday,the company said in a tweet from its policy account.

“We are aware of reports that the Pakistani government has taken action to block Twitter service, as well as other social media services, and that users are having difficulty using Twitter in Pakistan. We are monitoring the situation and hope service will be fully restored soon,” Twitter’s statement reads.

There have also been scattered reports that Facebook and other social media sites have been blocked. Business Insider has reached out to Facebook for confirmation.

It’s not clear why Pakistan is blocking social media sites, but the Associated Press reported Saturday that the government sent in troops to address an Islamist sit-in in Islamabad.

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