YouTube.Com, in an interesting development, has started displaying “YouTube PK” as its default logo on the website for users accessing YouTube.com in Pakistan. While its not entirely clear, this move hints that a localized version of YouTube has been in play instead of default global version that Pakistanis used to get till few days ago.
SialTV users are reporting that they are seeing below logo on YouTube.com:
It must be noted here that this change in logo is not Pakistan specific, in fact YouTube users in other countries were already being served their respective country’s name with YouTube logo.
Unlike Google.com, where a local version for Pakistan is served to Pakistani people through a Google PK logo, YouTube never displayed its Pakistani audience with YouTubePK logo before today.
Since YouTube has now started displaying unique dedicated country code with its logo, move can result into an unspoken arrangement where Pakistani government could officially lift the ban on the website, or at least may not enforce the ban as before.
It would be worthy to mention here that YouTube is currently not blocking any content for its Pakistani version. All videos, that are available on its international version, are accessible in Pakistan as well.
It maybe recalled that YouTube is officially banned in Pakistan since September 12, 2012.
Lately, however, the website is accessible for majority of Pakistani internet users. PTA has said that website is accessible in Pakistan by mistake and that they will ensure the ban in Pakistan as per court order.
Since then, for over a month now, YouTube is accessible in Pakistan and is enjoying sizable traffic from Pakistan.
Check below the rapid growth of traffic on YouTube from Pakistani only:
What do think of this development? Will this result into lifting of ban on YouTube? Do Share your thoughts!