To put the cap on the downloading of Virtual Private Network (VPN), by some people in Kashmir to access social media Police have taken stringent actions by yesterday. The Jammu & Kashmir police have invoked the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on Monday lodged First Information Right against the locals for using Social media platforms on VPNs.
VPNs are proxy servers to get past internet firewalls to access websites not approved by the government of Jammu & Kashmir. The FIR was filed a day after a video of the Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani was uploaded on social media.
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Police said in a statement, “Taking serious note of misuse of so media the Cyber Police Station, Kashmir zone, Srinagar has registered a Case FIR against various social media users who defied the Government orders and misused social media platforms”.
The government of J&K had on January 14 banned all social media sites. The move has been taken to curb the spread of rumor, with regard to the present conditions in the region. “ The FIR has been registered while taking cognizance of the social media proxy by miscreants by using different VPNs, which are propagating rumors concerning the current situation in Kashmir valley, secessionist ideology, and glorifying terrorists”, the police said.
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The Union Territory Government on Sunday had added 1,000 more websites to its internet whitelist, from 481 to 1,485. However, the social media ban will continue as the administration allowed the continuation of only the voice calls, SMS and 2G internet connectivity to white-listed sites on post-paid and pre-paid mobile phones across the Union Territory till February 24.
The whitelisted websites identified by the government that is allowed to access include, websites of educational institutes, offices, banks, hospitals, travel agencies, job portals, telecom, courier services, etc.