Indian government has now lifted its hugely criticised block on Github, Vimeo, Weebly and Dailymotion, while other 28 sites that fell prey to the same attack are still striving to get their services back in the country.
Indian Government, earlier this week, blocked 32 websites over ‘national security concerns’, saying that they had anti-India content from terror groups such as Islamic State or ISIS. This block came via a Department of Telecom order, which states that some 32 URLs, including some popular ones like Vimeo, PasteBin, DailyMotion among others have been blocked under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
The government said some websites had material about Areeb Majid, an alleged ISIS member who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency or NIA.
The head of the ruling BJP’s IT Cell, Arvind Gupta, said that the websites were blocked on the advice of the anti-terror squad. The move was rather unexpected since India is a nation which enjoys enjoys one of the highest freedom from Internet censorship rates.
Mr. Gupta tweeted –
The sites that have removed objectionable content and/or cooperated with the on going investigations, are being unblocked.
Here’s the list of the 32 sites that had to face the ruthless block-
28 of the above mention websites are still facing the block and are completely inaccessible in the country, affecting around 290 million Indian users.