YouTube launches localised versions in Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka

KARACHI: After a ban of several years, the people of Pakistan will be able to gain access to the world’s biggest video streaming site YouTube.

According to an official announcement, the YouTube on Tuesday launched what it called localised versions in Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

“We aim to provide an even more tailored YouTube experience by launching versions that are optimised for Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. We also hope that this will pave the way for the work of local creators, personalities, and musicians to shine on the world’s largest and most vibrant video community,” said a Google spokesperson.

“We continue to engage with industry, governments, and civil society groups globally to ensure the Internet remains open, safe, and secure,” he said.

Government requests to remove content will continue to be tracked, and included in our Transparency Report.

The launch of localized versions of YouTube provides Internet users in those countries with a more tailored YouTube experience to find high-quality local content so they can be informed, entertained, educated and inspired by content for their own culture and language, while continuing to access the wide array of content on the world’s largest online video platform.

Now, users visiting the YouTube homepage from those countries will be able to see videos and playlists that are popular in their countries in their local languages and domains, the announcement added.

YouTube was banned in Pakistan in 2012 following protests upon launch of blasphemous movie on its video portal.

With over 1 billion monthly users worldwide, YouTube is the world’s largest online video sharing community, and is now available in 88 countries locally, as well as in 76
global languages, including in Nepali, Urdu, and Sinhalese.

Starting today, visitors to YouTube from each respective country will see their country-specific YouTube site by default: for instance, users from Pakistan will now see the YouTube Pakistan site in Urdu when they visit the YouTube homepage, with playlists of trending and recommended videos popular in Pakistan.

This launch will also provide more people from Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka the chance to share their own stories and videos with the rest of the world.


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