State government Wednesday issued an order to ban most of the social media sites in the valley for a period of one month or till further orders.
According to the order by the Department of Home, Jammu and Kashmir, “it is being felt that continued misuse of Social Networking Sites and Instant messaging services is likely to be detrimental to the peace and tranquility in the State”.
The Social Media sites which have been banned for a month include Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, QQ, WeChat, Ozone, Tumblr, Google , Baidu, Skype, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram and Reditt.
State government has invoked British era act known as Indian telegraph Act 1885 along with Indian Telegraph (Amendment) rules 2007 to ban the social media sites in the valley.
The order directed all the Internet Service Providers (ISP) not to transmit any message or class of message to or from any person or class of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the social networking sites.
Earlier in a separate order issued by the Home department the government has banned all the internet services in Kashmir for one month. The order did not mention if it includes only mobile internet or all internet service providers.