Kashmir Valley may see Facebook and WhatsApp suspended as govt clamps down on rumour-mongering

Having banned 4G and 3G services in the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir government is now likely to ban Facebook and WhatsApp in the coming days, purportedly to stop videos
and pictures of alleged atrocities by security forces from going viral. The stategovernment had suspended 3G and 4G mobile internet services across Kashmir on Monday, although fixed line internet facilities were not taken back.
Security issues "We have advised chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to shut Facebook and WhatsApp groupsv  responsible for spreading rumour and circulating videos. Facebook is used to circulate videos that raise passion and mobilise crowds," a senior PDP leader told as reported by firstpost, on condition of anonymity. "This is also the opinion of the security agencies.”

The likely decision to ban Facebook and WhatsApp has been discussed in security review meetings chaired by Mehbooba Mufti. Several party leaders, according to sources, have advised the chief minister to snap internet for some time, as social networking sites have

been utilized to mobilise crowds recently. Centre suggests no to Although reports say that the Central govt has suggested not to ban Facebook and Whatsapp as it makes a setback to the Digital India campaign.

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