J&K: Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and other social media sites suspended for a month

Shubhang Chauhan
Other social media sites which have been suspended by the PDP government in the valley are WeChat, Skype, You Tube (Upload), Snapchat, Telegram, Google+ etc.

Srinagar, April 26: The PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday has put a ban on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp for a month. This is implemented as students in the valley refuse to step back from protesting in the tense state. This order came at a time when the 3G and 4G services are already suspended in the valley.

The higher band spectrum was suspended on April 17. The broadband speed has also come down to 2 G. The government of Kashmir observed that social media platforms are being used by anti-social and anti-national elements by transmitting inflammatory messages in various forms. It notices that such practices immediately needs to be regulated or curbed.

Other social media sites which have been suspended by the PDP government in the valley are WeChat, Skype, You Tube (Upload), Snapchat, Telegram, Google+ etc. The Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP government in the valley also moved the Kashmir High Court to file a reg flag against any public litigation which aims to curb the ban.

Principal Secretary (Home) R K Goyal, said, the ban will be for a month until further orders. In a three-page order, he said the government directs all internet service providers that any message or class of messages to or from a person or a class of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the following social networking sites shall not be transmitted in Kashmir valley with immediate effect for a period of one month or till further orders, whichever is earlier.

To the ban the social networking sites and Apps, Goyal invoked the powers conferred on Government under Indian Telegraph Act 1885 read with Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules 2007 to ban these sites and applications.
“On careful examination of all relevant factors, it is observed that the use of social media platforms, which are being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements by transmitting inflammatory messages in various forms are immediately required to be regulated/curbed,” the order reads.

(With Inputs from PTI)