J&K Govt. Lifts Ban on Social Media in Valley

Srinagar, May 26: The Mehbooba Mufti government has deciding against extending the ban on social media that was imposed in Kashmir last month, a move prompted more by the administration’s inability to enforce the curbs rather than giving respite to people.

The government had imposed the ban last month to contain the outpouring of anger on social media platforms against the killing and injuring of protesters at the hands of security forces since the April 9 parliamentary elections in Srinagar.

Sources said the government failed to enforce the ban as more and more people accessed the websites through proxy servers like Virtual Private Networks, whose apps are readily available and are seen as an effective way to anonymously surf online.

The 22 sites that were banned included Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, Skype and Snapchat.

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