YouTube Is Assessing A “Premium Lite” Subscription To Provide Ad Free Viewing

YouTube is exploring an affordable premium subscription plan which put forwards ad-free viewing on mobiles, TVs etc.

This new method is named by ‘YouTube Premium Lite’ which eliminates ads for the users but it does not provide any of the YouTube Premium’s other features like ad-free YouTube Music listening, offline downloads, and background playback.

“In Nordics and Benelux (except for Iceland), we’re testing a new offering to give users even more choice: Premium Lite costs €6.99/month (or local equivalent per month) and it includes ad-free videos on YouTube,” a YouTube spokesperson told The Verge confirming the development.

The new “Premium Lite” feature comprises of ad-free views of YouTube on web, iOS, Android, smart TVs, and games solaces, and also for YouTube Kids app.

In Europe and US the ongoing premium plan of YouTube cost almost €11.99/£11.99  and $11.99 per month. And the new plans are testing on the other foreign countries like Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

In consonance with YouTube this new feature is an speculative stage. As per the response from the users more plans need to implement by the youtube. If everything is ok this plan will be a great privilege for the users and can view ad free videos at very low cost.

Pakistan Suspends Social Media Platforms Following Violent Protests

Following violent protests by a radical religious party that has now been outlawed by the government, Pakistan has temporarily suspended the services of social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp to prevent them from being used to organize demonstrations.

Following three days of violent protests to compel the government to expel the French ambassador over a blasphemous caricature published in France last year, the government outlawed Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) on Thursday.

Following the arrest of its leader, Saad Hussain Rizvi, the TLP organized a nationwide protest on Monday. Earlier this week, TLP supporters clashed with law enforcement officers in many towns and cities, killing seven people and injuring over 300 cops.

The Interior Ministry ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to suspend social media services for four hours on April 16th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST (GMT+5) to prevent protests after Friday prayers.

The PTA did not provide a reason for the suspension, but official sources said it was suspected that demonstrators would use social media to organize demonstrations. In Pakistan, suspending internet and cell phone services is a common practice to prevent demonstrations and terrorist attacks.

However, only social media has been targeted this time since the TLP was allegedly using it successfully to counteract government action. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the Interior Minister, cautioned the TLP on Thursday not to use YouTube to distribute propaganda images.