Govt. of India Blocks 32 Websites, Causes Uproar On Twitter

Govt. of India Blocks Github, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Pastebin

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:

1). https://justpaste.it
2). http://hastebin.com/
3). http://codepad.org
4). http://pastie.org
5). http://pastee.org
6). http://paste2.org
7). http://slexy.org
8). http://paste4btc.com
9). http://0bin.net
10). http://heypasteit.com
11). http://sourceforge.net/projects/phorkie
12). http://atnsoft.com/textpaster
13). http:// archive.org
14). http://hpage.com
15). http:// ipage.com
16). http://webs.com
17). http://www.weebly.com
18). http://www.000webhost.com/
19). https:// www.freehosting.com
20). https://vimeo.com
21). http://dailymotion.com
22). http://pastebin.com
23). http://gist.github.com
24). http://www.ipaste.eu
25). http://thesnippetapp.com
26). http://snipt.net
27). http://tny.cz
28). http://github.com (gist-it)
29). http://snipplr.com
30). http://termbin.com
31). http://http://www.snippetsource.net
32). http://cryptbin.com

Some of the ISPs which took action against these websites were: Vodafone, BSNL and Hathway etc.

Must Read: Read How You Can Unblock The Websites Which Have Been Blocked By Govt. Or ISP

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.

32 websites blocked by Govt. of India
32 websites blocked by Govt. of India

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.

BJP IT Cell Claims that this Ban was due to Terror activites
BJP IT Cell Claims that this Ban was due to Terror activites

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:

Update: According to Arvind Gupta, BJP IT Cell Head, The websites are now being unblocked.

Websites being unblocked
Websites being unblocked

  • Some of the websites are again unblocked by Govt. of India