Pakistan's banned texting list includes "lesbian," "gay," and "fairy"

Mon. November 21, 2011 11:39 PM by News Staff

Karachi, Pakistan - The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's ban on text messages that use 1,600 supposedly obscene or pornographic words includes the words "lesbian," "gay," "homosexual," and "fairy."

"This is outrageous," said Pakistan director of Bytes for All Shahzad Ahmad. "I don't know how and why PTA had so much time to compile this stupid list."

It's not clear whether the ban will actually be enforced. Newsweek Pakistan reported that cell phone companies are waiting for further instructions.

Voice of America said the list was just a proposal -- a way to check with mobile companies to see if they even had the technology to filter messages.