Vimeo, Dailymotion, Github, Weebly blocked by Govt. in India


vimeo-weebly-blockedThe very popular government of India shocked the internet users on the very last day of 2014 by blocking 32 websites citing national security concerns, as they were allegedly carrying anti-India material from terror groups such as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

“We have blocked some websites, as there were serious national security concerns,” -a government official

Video sharing platforms like Vimeo, Dailymotion are the major one’s facing the ban, while some of them have been allowed to function after removing the objectionable content.

The website were said to contain materials about Areeb Majid, an alleged ISIS member who was arrested by NIA, and three others hailing from North Karnataka’s Bhatkal area.

Sources said the websites were being used to induce Indian youth to join ISIS and for spreading news about purported death of certain persons while fighting Allied Forces in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq.

Another senior official said the crackdown followed an order from Mumbai Court, which was approached by Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) with a plea to block some websites carrying anti-India content.During its probe into certain terror cases, the ATS had received information that some websites were carrying anti-national content, the official added.

Meanwhile, BJP’s IT Cell National Head Arvind Gupta also said the websites have been blocked on the advice of ATS as they were carrying material from the ISIS.

He further said: “The sites that have removed objectionable content and/or cooperated with the ongoing investigations are being unblocked.” A list of 32 websites, purported to be a Department of Telecom (DoT) circular, also went viral on the micro-blogging site Twitter & the famous social network facebook today. Latest on the story Arvind Gupta confirms about the ban removal from some of the websites like dailymotion, vimeo, weebly etc…



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