After Pakistan on Friday blocked social media platforms amid fears that activists of a radical Islamist group might use the technology to stoke violent protests against last year’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in France. Reportedly, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and TikTok are inaccessible across the country, including the capital Islamabad.
“Social media has been blocked for a few hours so that troublemakers can not use it during Friday prayers congregations,” an official told dpa. Political parties, Islamist groups and militant organisations like the Pakistani Taliban heavily rely on social media platforms to connect with their followers. Soon after the news surfaced on the Internet, Twitter was at what it does best. Creating memes. Hilarious memes and jokes instantly flood social media. Internet users have been sharing memes inspired by Mr Bean and popular Bollywood actors like Akshay Kumar, Ananya Panday, Govinda and Rajpal Yadav among others. Sample some of these tweets:
— The Unsuccessful (@thenakamyaab) April 16, 2021
— ᗴᖇᖇOᖇ_シ︎ (@oy_Mental) April 16, 2021
— Muhib_Ibrahim🇵🇰 (@oye_Karachities) April 16, 2021
— 💥 WALI NASIR💥 (@noturbrouh) April 16, 2021
FB, Twitter , Social media ,& insta temporarily blocked by govt,
— Abdullah (@Abdullah0ffical) April 16, 2021
#WhatsApp is now again trending after long time.
WhatsApp to Twitter- pic.twitter.com/wZ8HDM43N2
— Rahul Pandey (@rahulpandey89) April 16, 2021
— Brown Girl ✨ (@the_desi_dream) April 16, 2021