Pakistan Bans Facebook and FarmVille Access

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Pakistan Boycotts FacebookOn May 19th 2010 Pakistan banned Facebook and thus access to FarmVille!

Pakistan officials were outraged over a Facebook Page that promotes cartoonists' sketches of an Islamic prophet. As reported by AOL News, the Facebook page, considered blasphemous, is titled " 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!' [and] calls on Facebook users to upload drawings of Islam's most holy of holy men... to protest Islamic extremists' threats and violence against past portrayers of Muhammad" (Source: AOL News).

Government authorities in Pakistan responded by blocking access to Facebook for all of Pakistan. Blocking Facebook means that FarmVille players located in Pakistan will not have access to their farms. Currently, even when using Zynga's FarmVille.com to play FarmVille, it still requires you to login to your Facebook account.

Pakistan is known for banning popular internet sites including video sharing mega site YouTube.com, which was banned in Pakistan for almost an entire year because of reportedly hosting un-Islamic content. For now, the Facebook ban is set to be in place until May 31st 2010 and an investigation is being conducted to determine why the Facebook page's competition is being held and if the ban should be extended to a longer period of time.

Facebook has no intention to remove the controversial page and stands by its support of American "Freedom of Speech" amendment. In an official statement from Facebook, while they were disappointed in the Pakistani court's ruling, they announced,
"We strongly believe that Facebook users have the freedom to express their opinions, and we don't typically take down content, groups or pages that speak out against countries, religions, political entities or ideas."
In the meantime, concerned Pakistan FarmVille players, such as FarmVille Freak Awais Khan are wondering what will happen to their farms during the ban? Read FVFreak Awais' email below:
"Hello Farmville Freak,

I am an avid famville player from Lahore, Pakistan. As you must know, Pakistan has banned the facebook site from today. Due to this, I an also unable to see my farm at farmville. Do you have any idea on how facebook/farmville is going deal with this issue because I dont want my farm to get ruined. Plus, I had seeded Irises today, and so much money is going to get wasted when the Irises wither. It would be great if you could provide any feedback on this issue. Thanks,

Awais Khan"
What are your thoughts about this? Should Facebook remove the page? Should the Facebook ban be removed? What are the options for FarmVille players in Pakistan?

This article originally appeared on FarmVIlle Freak.
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