Following court order, Additional Director General of Police, Anti Terrorism Squad, M.S., Mumbai on 15/11/2014 requested blocking of 32 number of websites / pages which were being used for Jihadi Propaganda.
It was stated that Anti National group are using social media for mentoring Indian youths to join the Jihadi activities. These websites work on page hosting concept. Many of these websites does not require any authentication for pasting any material on them. Other upload articles, Videos or photos or to download the contents which helps to hide the identities.
These websites were being used frequently for pasting, communicating such content by just changing page name even blocking the earlier one.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate also issued the order on 10.11.2014 for blocking of these 32 websites on urgent basis. Blocking of the websites was ordered in compliance with court order. Contact has also been made with some of the websites. These websites have undertaken not to allow pasting of such propaganda information on their website and also work with the Govt. to remove such material as per the compliance with the laws of land. The action has been initiated to unblock the following sites:
Similar approach could be considered for other involved websites on getting assurance that law of the land would be complied with. refer 31st dec 2014 press release
Earlier, the department of telecommunication has issued a notice to the internet service providers in India to block 32 websites including github, weebly, vimeo and dailymotion. The Notice has been shared on twitter by a user in tweets below;
Government has invoked section 69A of information technology act (2000) and information technology (procedure and safeguards for blocking for access of information by public) rules to ban these websites.