Today the Supreme Court hinted at banning YouTube in Pakistan, again. Previously it got banned in 2012 and this time it happened while hearing the case of a man Shaukat Ali, involved in a sectarian crime.
I’m not going to talk about it here at the moment but this clearly leads to the example where some teacher is punishing the whole class because of the mistake of only one student. Associating the whole package as wrong just because you encountered one loose detail is not wise.
Banning YouTube for some objectionable content is not a sensible decision at all. It’s just like when your finger gets hurt, you don’t think about getting rid of your whole hand instead you figure out how to fix your finger wound.
We are gravely unaware of the modern world, technologies and digital spaces. What about you-tubers, freelancers, influencers and marketing mediators? Almost one million Pakistan will likely to lose their income source if this happens.
It would not only unemployed a lot of people but also hurt Pakistani economy as well because millions of $$ come through it in Pakistan.
Our YouTubers and even drama industry is thriving on YouTube, bringing in millions of dollars.
This will also financially harm our talented people who aren’t given the opportunity to express their creativity through mainstream media.
During the current pandemic when our nation is realizing the importance of digital media, online studies and system, YouTube without any doubt appears as only best free source for education for our students here.
At the moment some universities are using YouTube channels to teach their students. Not only an entertainment but it’s a learning hub for all Pakistanis.
Banning is not a final solution to the problem at hand especially when YouTube banning in the past has hurt Pakistan’s digital space seriously that we’re still recovering.
Digital technology in Pakistan needs to be understood correctly. An alternative would be to come up with banning the offensive content and not the whole platform!
We make efforts and ask Amazon and PayPal to come and invest in Pakistan and on the other hand we attempt of banning an online platform from where we could earn money by just sitting at our homes.
All in all, I certainly say banning a digital platform (which is quite informative as well) just because it risks exposing something is not a soluble solution at all!