Srinagar: After a period of a month, the government on Friday lifted the ban on social media in Kashmir. Home secretary RK Goyal confirmed that the ban stands revoked.
The government had banned 22 social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Youtube for a month in Kashmir valley. Telecom service providers were directed to stop transmission of messages and pictures through social media networks or instant messaging services. Also banned for a month were WeChat, QQ, Ozone, Tumblr, Google+, Baidu, Skype, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram, Reddit, Snapfish, Youtube (Upload), Vine, Xanga, Buzznet and Flickr. The ban order had spoken of “misuse of social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc, by elements inimical to public order and tranquility”.
Despite the ban, netizens continued to access the banned social media sites through Virtual Proxy Networks (VPN). Not only common people but also ruling party leaders were accessing social media and posting on them.