Govt. of India Blocks Github, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Pastebin
Govt. of India decided to block 32 websites claiming that ISIS propaganda was being promoted through these websites. The block was instructed by Department of Telecom.
These websites were blocked under the Section 69A of Information Technology Act, 2000.
Pastebin, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Archive.com, Github, SourceForge were among the popular websites which were blocked on the order of Govt. of India
Here is the complete list of the blocked websites:
13). http:// archive.org
15). http:// ipage.com
19). https:// www.freehosting.com
28). http://github.com (gist-it)
Some of the ISPs which took action against these websites were: Vodafone, BSNL and Hathway etc.
Why Did the Block Happen?
This block was first reported by Pastebin on twitter on 19th December 2014.
We are sharing with you a directive of Govt of India ordering the ISPs to block the 32 websites, else they will be held under Rule 12 of Information Security Act.
This letter was shared by Twitter User, Pranesh Prakash.
Reason For The Block
However, there has been no response from the govt of India on this matter, but ruling party’s IT Cell head claimed that this block was implemented on the advice of Anti Terrorism Squad.
The only reason why these websites were banned is that they were carrying Anti India content from ISIS.
However, it is still not understood how ISIS could be stopped by blocking 32 websites. ISIS has operatives on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc. Will Indian govt. block these websites as well?
A lot of Uproar was caused by Indian Govt’s decision.
Below are some popular tweets on this issue:
— Naveen Thakur (@HackIndia) December 31, 2014
— Ajayendar Al-Aryan (@ajayendar) December 31, 2014
The supposed ISIS content is still available to terrorists as they can use paid VPNs or proxies. Only general public us hassled. #goiblocks
— Informed Indian (@bharat_builder) December 31, 2014
Update: According to Arvind Gupta, BJP IT Cell Head, The websites are now being unblocked.