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Govt explores option to block social media apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram

Govt explores option to block social media apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram

The telecom office has looked for perspectives of the business on specialized measures that can be embraced for blocking portable applications like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, and so on in circumstances where national security and open request are under danger. 


The Department of Telecom (DoT) on July 18, 2018, had kept in touch with all telecom administrators, the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI), industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and others and requested their contributions to obstruct the applications under Section 69A of the IT Act.

“Dab in the letter had said that the Ministry of Electronics and IT and law implementation organizations have raised issue around hindering of certain portable applications like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telecom, and so on to meet prerequisite under Section 69A of IT Act,” an official source told PTI. The Section 69A of IT Act discusses capacity to issue bearings for hindering for free to any data through any PC asset. The law approves the focal government or any officer approved by it to issue heading to hinder the data on Internet in light of a legitimate concern for power and uprightness of India, safeguard of India, security of the state, well disposed relations with outside states or open request or for anticipating prompting to the commission of any cognisable offense identifying with them.