PTA takes note of social media disruption reports

In Islamabad, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) announced on Monday that it is currently investigating reports of internet disruptions in certain areas of the country. The PTA clarified in a statement that, overall, the state of internet access across the nation remains normal.

This statement follows a day when social media sites experienced significant disruptions throughout the country, with numerous users expressing difficulties in accessing platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and X (formerly Twitter). Downdetector reported that these disruptions, especially affecting the website versions of the apps, began after 7:00 pm on Sunday.

Cities like Karachi, Lahore, Mir Pur Khas, and Rawalpindi were reported as the most affected areas during this disruption. Some internet users also turned to WhatsApp to report issues related to the lag in internet connectivity. The specific cause behind the outage remained unknown at the time of reporting.

While several users complained of slow internet, an interesting observation was made by some who noted that the internet worked fine when using a VPN. This raised concerns among the public, leading to questions about whether the slowdown was intentional. A journalist on X expressed, “Having trouble accessing Twitter/X and other social media platforms. Overall internet seems slow as well. Anyone else in Pakistan facing the same?”




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