Update (February 6, 2023): Wikimedia Foundation responded to Pakistan's 48-hour extendable blocking order on February 3, 2023. It asked Pakistan to "restore access to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects in the country immediately." "In Pakistan, English Wikipedia receives more than 50 million pageviews per month, followed by Urdu and Russian Wikipedias", the organisation said. It responded to Pakistan's order asking Wikipedia to remove certain content by saying that "Content on Wikipedia is mined from secondary sources; it does not allow original research." "We respect and support the editorial decisions made by the community of editors around the world. There are dedicated response channels available to individuals, organizations, or governments that would like to raise concerns about the site’s content directly with volunteer editors for their consideration and review. This contributes to Wikipedia’s transparency and upholds its collaborative model," Wikipedia said. The story below was published on February 2, 2023. Wikipedia services in Pakistan have been "degraded" for 48 hours for "not blocking/removing sacrilegious contents", the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said on February 1, 2023. Although it's not clear what exactly this content was, the PTA did say that it was "blasphemous". The Wikimedia Foundation does not make decisions around what content is included on Wikipedia or how that content is maintained. This is by design to ensure that articles are the result of many people coming together to determine what information should be presented on the site, resulting in richer, more neutral articles. Wikipedia was approached earlier for blocking/removing certain content "by issuing…
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