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Internet Disruptions Persist in Pakistan as X (Twitter) Faces Prolonged Outage

Pakistan continues to grapple with internet disruptions as the popular social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, remains inaccessible for the second consecutive day. NetBlocks, a cybersecurity watchdog, reported a 24-hour restriction on Sunday, highlighting the ongoing challenges in ensuring internet accessibility in the region.

Users across the country have faced significant difficulties accessing X/Twitter, marking the longest in a series of countrywide internet outages. The extended outage comes amidst intermittent issues reported since Saturday, exacerbating concerns over the reliability of internet services.

NetBlocks noted the continuous blockage of X/Twitter in Pakistan, emphasizing the potential impact on communication and information dissemination. Users attempting to access the platform encountered error messages, further adding to frustrations over the prolonged disruption.

Earlier data from Downdetector indicated a surge in reports of potential issues on X across the country, reflecting the widespread impact of the platform’s inaccessibility on Pakistani users. The situation has drawn criticism from netizens, who express dismay over the repeated disruptions and their implications.

Internet and social media outages have become increasingly common in Pakistan, particularly in recent months following the general elections of 2024. Users have reported difficulties accessing various platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Google services, and the internet service provider PTCL.

X (formerly Twitter) faced global outages in May 2023, prompting concerns and frustration among users worldwide. The recurrence of similar disruptions underscores the need for robust infrastructure and measures to ensure uninterrupted access to vital communication channels in Pakistan. As users await resolution, questions remain regarding the root cause of these persistent outages and the steps needed to mitigate future disruptions.

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