Citing misuse by anti-national and anti-social elements, the Jammu and Kashmir government has announced a ban on several social media platforms. Around 22 social media platforms including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have been banned in Kashmir. The ban will be applicable for a period of one month and can be revoked or extended depending on emerging situation. The order to ban social media platforms in J&K was issued by Principal Secretary (Home) R K Goyal.
An excerpt from the 3-page order read, “In the interest of maintenance of public order, the government hereby 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.”
The ban covers some of the most popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Wechat, QQ, Qzone, Google Plus, Skype, Line, Pinterest, Snapchat, Youtube, Vine and Flickr. Earlier, there were reports that the government has banned the internet, but such reports were found to be rumors.