Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have been banned in Indian-Administered Kashmir after the government stated these social media were being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements. There has been additional block to websites like YouTube and Pinterest.
Kashmir Cut Off from Social Media: Facebook, Twitter & WhatsApp Banned
Things like this have been happening for years, like the Internet services being cut or Indian government blocking internet signal. This is being attributed to the rising violence in Kashmir which is being considered to be manipulated largely by leaders there. However, this is the first time Government took such a big step cutting off the Kashmir from those riot sources.
The order from Government stated-
“In the interest of maintenance of public order.
“The government hereby directs all internet service providers that any message … 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,” the order read.”
The social platforms which will be cut also include Wechat, QQ, Qzone, Google Plus, Skype, Line, Pinterest, Snapchat, Youtube, Vine and Flickr, apart from Facebook Twitter and WhatsApp.
Adding to the statements, government replied as:
“The ban on social media is to control the political space. The government is trying to control things in a military way which is not going to help,” Gull Mohammad Wani, a professor and political analyst, told Al Jazeera.
“The government is claiming it has taken this step to calm the situation down. In the absence of social media, rumors can be more dangerous as we have seen in past.”
There is further increase in unrest in Kashmir after banning of these social platforms. Protesting students have already come up with Anti-Indian slogans and rock throwing at police. Only time will tell while the Kashmir people are waiting for the issue to resolve and provide a settled solutions as an alternative approach.