The Centre has blocked at least 32 websites in a fresh crackdown as they were carrying jihadi propaganda and promoting anti-India views.
According to reports, the websites have been blocked on the advise of Anti-Terrorism Squad. Some of the websites were reportedly using social media as its weapon to lure Indian youths to join jihadi activities.
“The action has been initiated to unblock the following sites — weebly.com, vimeo.com, dailymotion.com and gist.github.com,” said a statement from the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.
In a statement, the Department of Telecom said that 32 URLs have been blocked under Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000, and under Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009.
The rules give the central government powers to block access to information if it is in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of the country, defence of India, security of the state, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence.
Showcause notices have also been issued to these websites. So far, only five or six websites have replied to these notices.