Internet services temporarily suspended in Jammu and Kashmir

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have ordered the suspension of Internet services, including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. According to the order, ‘the government hereby directs all Internet service providers that any message…through the following social networking sites shall not be transmitted in Kashmir Valley with immediate effect for a period of one month or till further orders, whichever is earlier.’ According to the Indian government, these services were ‘being misused by antinational and antisocial elements‘. Although the government has regularly blocked Internet signals in Kashmir, it is the first time that it has done so in such a comprehensive manner.