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The move comes against the backdrop of repeated student protests in Kashmir, which the authorities believe are fanned through social media. Photo: PTI
The move comes against the backdrop of repeated student protests in Kashmir, which the authorities believe are fanned through social media. Photo: PTI

Kashmir: Govt bans Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and other 19 social media sites

Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Wechat, QQ, Qzone, Google Plus, Skype, Line, Pinterest, Snapchat, Youtube, Vine and Flickr will be suspended in J&K for a month

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday suspended 22 social networking sites in the wake of heightened protests by students in the valley.

An order issued by the state government sought to suspend platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp with immediate effect.

Other than this, other platforms such as QQ, WeChat, Ozone, Tumblr, Google+, Baidu, Skype, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram, Reddit, Snapfish, YouTube (Upload), Vine, Buzznet, Xanga, and Flickr have also been suspended.

“Any message or class of messages to or from any persons or class of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the following social networking sites shall not be transmitted in the Kashmir valley, with immediate effect, for a period of one month or till further orders, whichever is earlier," the order stated.

While the order reiterated the fact that the platforms were being misused by the youth to fuel unrest, it added, “anti-national and inimical elements largely succeed in transmitting unverified objectionable inflammatory material/content through the medium of these social networking sites and internet messaging services without any accountability, thereby endangering public life and property and causing unrest/disharmony in the state.

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