Social Media Ban Strains Already Tense Kashmir
There’s no app for this. Spooked by mounting tensions in the volatile Kashmir region, the Indian government has banned 22 social media services, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp, for 30 days. Officials are worried they’re being used to foment revolution, but enforcing the unprecedented ban is proving difficult: Kashmir’s telecom company says it’s been unable to shut down access to the sites without blocking the internet completely. Meanwhile, advocacy groups in India and abroad are calling for an end to the edict, saying it impinges on free speech.