Butt out! Pakistan telecom watchdog drafts rude text message ban

Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 18/11/2011 21:02

Guardians of linguistic purity have long warned against the pernicious impact that text messaging may have on the young, but Pakistan officials have taken such concerns to a new extreme by demanding that mobile phone operators block all text messages using offensive words.

With a creativity and dedication to the task unusual for local officialdom, the country's telecoms regulator has issued a list of more than 1000 words and phrases which will be banned.

To read this report in The Guardian in full, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/17/butt-out-pakistan-telecom-text-ban

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