Social Media Ban Lifted In J&K

Social Media Ban Lifted In J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to lift the ban on accessing social media sites that was active for more than six months following the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 last year.

In a fresh order, the J&K administration today said people would now be allowed unrestricted internet access with 2G speed. Earlier, the government had provided a list of websites that could be accessed in J&K.

Besides this, internet services would also be available on landline connections but this permission will be granted following verification.

The new order shall be applicable only till March 17 on an experimental basis, sources said.

The order issued today by Principal Secretary (J&K) Shaleen Kabra said direct internet access would be able to people across J&K.

However, the order has also put in certain restrictions to this access. They include:

Internet speed shall be restricted to 2G only

People with post-paid SIM will have access to internet services but those with pre-paid SIMs will be able to access internet only after undergoing verification applicable for post-paid SIMs.

Internet connectivity will be available on fixed landline connections.