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Pakistan Bans 1600 Words and Phrases for Texting

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "In a move reminiscent of George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has handed down a ban on about 1,600 terms and phrases it has deemed obscene and told carriers they have seven days to block the words on their networks, or face legal action. "The filtering is not good for the system and may degrade the quality of network services — plus it would be a great inconvenience to our subscribers if their SMS was not delivered due to the wrong choice of words," says an official at a one of the telecoms. The list includes such words and phrases as "idiot," "monkey crotch," "athlete's foot," "damn," "deeper," "four twenty," "fornicate," "looser," and "go to hell," among others. There are also various double entendres included in the ban such as "beat your meat" or "flogging the dolphin." Mohammad Younis, a spokesman for the PTA, says the ban is "the result of numerous meetings and consultations with stakeholders" after consumers complained of receiving offensive text messages. "Nobody would like this happening to their young boy or girl.""

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