32 websites go blank

Department of Telecommunications has issued Instructions to Internet service providers in the country directing them to block 32 websites on data archiving, video sharing and software development.

  • The DoT invoked Section 69A (power of blocking public access to Internet contents) of the Information Technology Act and the Information Technology (Procedures and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules to issue the directive.

Why websites were blocked?

  • The blocking of websites was linked to the Islamic State (IS) recruitment issue. There have been “instances” of recruitment of youth from Maharashtra to the IS in Iraq.
  • The ban came on the basis of a request by the State Anti-Terrorism Squad.
  • Web contents are often blocked for objectionable/communally inflammatory contents. They are also blocked either on court orders or on the direct request of security agencies, which also approach the agencies concerned for the same through the Home Ministry. In the recent past, websites posting IS propaganda material have been a cause of concern.

Sources: The Hindu.

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