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Google chief suspects ulterior motive in Pakistan

SAN FRANCISCO — Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said he suspects suppressing political criticism is a factor behind the move to block YouTube and Facebook in Pakistan in the name of Islam. “I’m always suspicious of these broad bans,” Schmidt told a gathering at non-profit public policy institute New America…

Pakistanis shout ‘Death to Facebook’, burn US flags

KARACHI — Pakistani protesters shouted “Death to Facebook”, “Death to America” and burnt US flags on Friday, venting growing anger over “sacrilegious” caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on the Internet. A Facebook user organised an “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day” competition to promote “freedom of expression”, inspired by an American woman…

Pakistan orders Facebook blocked over Mohammed caricature competition

A Pakistani court Wednesday ordered authorities to block Facebook temporarily over a competition encouraging users to post caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on the social networking site. The depiction of any prophet is strictly prohibited in Islam as blasphemous and Muslims across the world staged angry protests over the publication…

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