India Bans 22 Social Media Sites
Authorities in India have banned 22 social media sites in an effort to
calm tensions in a disputed region, after videos depicting the alleged
abuse of Kashmiris by Indian forces fueled protests. The government said
that the one-month ban was necessary for public safety because social
media was being “misused by anti-national and anti-social elements.
An official with Kashmir’s state-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar
Nigam Ltd., said engineers were still working on shutting down the 22
sites, including Facebook and Twitter, but so far had been unable to do
so without freezing the internet across the Himalayan region.
Meanwhile, 3G and 4G cellphone service has been suspended for more than a week, but slower 2G service is still available