Government Shuts Down 844 Social Media Web Pages Till November


On Wednesday, Union Telecom Minister Ravishankar Prasad informed Lok Sabha that Government has so far blocked 844 social media pages till November for allegedly carrying objectionable content. Out of the total pages, 492 pages were blocked under section 69A of information technology act 2000.

In his reply on the floor, Mr Prasad said:

“A total of 136, 13, 10 and 492 URLs of social media websites were blocked in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, till November 30, 2015, respectively under Section 69A through the Committee constituted under the rules therein.”

Notably, Section 69A of IT Act gives power to the government to block any information in any computer resource in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, national security, friendly relations with foreign states or for maintaining law and order. The minister also added that 352 social media links were also removed on the behest of court orders.

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Government Shuts Down 844 Social Media Web Pages


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