Jammu and Kashmir banned 22 social networking sites and application which includes whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday in Kashmir as these applications were being misused by anti national and anti-social elements.
This ban will continue for a month till future government orders, said an order issued by principal Secretary , R K Goyal. For maintaining this public order, the government give the directions to all internet service providers that any single message and a group of message from a person or a group of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the following social networking sites shall not be allowed to transmitted in Kashmir valley for a period of one month or more till the next order, Goyal said in three page order.
The three page order,” By examining all the relevant factors, it is observed that the use of social media platforms are being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements by transmitting inflammatory messages in various forms are required to be curbed as soon as possible ,”
The applications and websites which will be inaccessible in the Kashmir valley include Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Wechat, QQ, Skype, Qzone, Google Plus, Line, Pinterest, Snapchat , Vine and Flickr, Youtube. Earlier report Also said government has suspended as internet service providers in Kashmir but this was not correct.
Goyal, invoked the powers conferred on Government under Indian Telegraph Act 1885 read with Indian Telegraph Rules 2007 to ban these sites and applications. It is observed that the anti national elements succeed in transmitting objectionable and inflammatory content by using these sites as their medium. The order reads, it was being felt that misuse of social networking and instant messaging service is for the detrimental to interest of peace and tranquillity in valley.
According to reports it was observed during law and order disturbance of 2016 in Kashmir was the major reason for vitiating peace and instigating violence which caused large scale damage to life and property.
The move comes as the students protest in Kashmir and the authorities believe are fanned through these networking sites and social media. Some days back, a police official said that 350 whatsapp groups were being used to spread rumours in valley and government had cracked down 90 percent of these groups.
The mobile internet service were suspended on April 17 following widespread student protests in Kashmir against alleged of security forces.