Big News! Pakistan now has an official ‘YouTube’ page
So, if you too want to become a YouTube celeb by having, running and making money from your own channel, all you have to do is go and visit YouTube.com.pk.
Although everyone would be able to see thousands of YouTube videos offline, they can also download to watch them for the next 48 hours.
Renowned stand-up comedian Saad Haroon hosted the event, which was attended by writers, marketers, advertisers, celebrities and representatives of start-ups of the country.
Interestingly, YouTube was banned in Pakistan for almost three-and-a-half years only to be unblocked in 2016 when a local version was introduced. Now the power to delete or demand deletion of any offensive material rests with the government.
Vice President Google Headquarters in Pakistan, Anwar Akram revealed that around 56 million Pakistanis were online, equivalent to the entire population of the United Kingdom. He added that 60 per cent of the population was under the age of 30.
Mr Akram said, “This is a ‘powerful’ thing…Some 55 per cent of the data used on mobile phones was for video and 20 per cent of users post videos online.”
“So they are not just watching videos, they are putting them up too.”
Industry head of Google Asia Pacific, Khurram Khalil Jamali, said that YouTube usage was growing rapidly, since the ban and unlocking.
“YouTube is a platform that runs across 88 countries and has over one billion users.”
Mr Jamali said that every minute 400 hours of video were uploaded.
Saying YouTube was the second biggest search engine in the world, he said, “YouTube can give users a voice. It can open up avenues. An example is Salman Khan of the Khan Academy; he started uploading video lessons on YouTube. Coke Studio is another great example. Brands are taking advantage of this to spread their message.”