IOK Puppet regime orders to block social media after clashes
SRINAGAR: Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday ordered internet service providers to block popular social media services including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp after an upsurge in violence in the region.
The local government said the services were "being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements" and should be blocked for one month or until further notice "in the interest of maintenance of public order".
It is the first time the government has taken such a step, although it regularly blocks the mobile internet signal in the volatile Kashmir valley.
Indian-administered Kashmir has been tense since April 9, when eight people including seven students were killed by police and paramilitaries during by-election violence. (APP)