Indian government blocks over 30 websites

Website blocks have caused anger amongst internet users in the country

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Indian government blocks over 30 websites Weebly, Vimeo, Daily Motion and Github, have now been unblocked.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  January 4, 2015

The Indian government has blocked more than 30 high-profile websites in order to prevent the publicising of "jihadi activities".

According to the BBC, India's Department of Telecoms has ordered the blocking of the sites which has caused anger across the country.

A letter send out by the Indian Government said: "Under the powers conferred by Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and under the information Technology (procedures and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009, it has been decided to immediately block the access to the following 32 URLs."

The list included sites such as: Pastebin, a site used for "dumping" text online anonymously; and The Internet Archive, a US organisation that offers a database of old websites.

The Internet Archive said on Twitter that it had received "many complaints" from users who were unable to access the service.

The Indian Ministry for Communication and Information Technology said in a statement: "It was stated that Anti National group are using social media for mentoring Indian youths to join the Jihadi activities."

Weebly, Vimeo, Daily Motion and Github, have now been unblocked and officials said the other sites would have their blocks lifted if they complied with the "law of the land".

The four websites that have been unblocked were said to have worked with the Indian government to address concerns - although it is unclear what changes, if any, have been made.

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