Govt Extends Clampdown To Social Networking Sites

SRINAGAR: Minutes after the broadband internet services were restored in Kashmir on Wednesday evening, many social networking sites were blocked in Kashmir following uploading of several videos highlighting the blatant use of force on civilians.

Government had asked Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Kashmir to withdraw internet services on August 12 evening. And for three days, BSNL internet worked in select pockets of Srinagar including Press Enclave. However, CNS Infratel, a private ISP, completely blocked the service.

As soon as the broadband and CNS internet was resumed last evening, social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter was flooded with pro-freedom messages and videos from across Kashmir.

Some videos showed as how CRPF men were damaging residential houses. The location where the video was hot could not be ascertained immediately while the person who recorded it miraculously escaped unhurt when CRPF men targeted his/her home.

The social networking sites were blocked around 10 AM.

J&K government blocked mobile internet services on July 09 when mass protests erupted following the death of popular militant commander Burhan Wani on July 08, 2016 evening in Kokernag area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

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