Facebook, YouTube Blocked In Kashmir?

By David Cohen 

Facebook and YouTube have been blocked in the Indian state of Kashmir due to the protests against an inflammatory anti-Islam video that was posted on the Google-owned video site, according to reports.

IBNLive.com reported that the state’s Home Department issued the following order:

In the interest of public safety and for maintaining public order, the government directed all licensed telecom-service providers and Internet-service providers to make arrangements to ensure that their subscribers in Jammu and Kashmir should not be able to download or upload the contents (of the video). If necessary, due to technical reasons, the fully qualified domain names shall be blocked viz www.youtube.com, www.facebook.com, etc.

According to IBNLive.com, the governments of Kashmir and fellow Indian state Jammu ordered service providers last month to ensure that the controversial video was not accessible

However, Aga Ruhullah, minister for information technology for the two states, told Greater Kashmir:

There is not any ban on these websites. I don’t have proper information of it. I can’t confirm whether there is any technical snag in it.

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