Srinagar, April 26
Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered suspension of different social media sites and applications in valley for a period of one month till further orders.
As per an order, the Home Department has directed all Internet Service Providers that “any message or class of messages to or from any persons or class of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the following social networking sites shall not be transmitted in the Kashmir valley, with immediate effect, for a period of one month or till further orders, whichever is earlier”. Social networking sites to be suspended include Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, QQ, WeChat, Ozone, Tumblr, Google+, Baidu, Skype, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram, Reditt, Snapfish, YouTube (Upload), Vine, Xanga and Flickr.
In the order, the government has said that the continued misuse of social networking sites and instant messaging services are likely to be detrimental to the interests of peace and tranquility in the state.
The suspension order was issued after reviewing the current situation in Valley. It is believed that the recent human abuse videos that were viral on social media disturbed the situation in trouble torn valley, which forced government to gag the internet and social media.