Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered suspension of internet services in the trouble-hit valley for a period of one month or till further orders.
In an order, the Home Department has said that internet services in Kashmir valley shall not be transmitted for a period of one month or till further orders, officials said here.
The state home department invoked powers conferred on it under Indian Telegraph Act and Information Technology Act to suspend the internet services, the officials said.
It was not immediately clear whether the order pertains to all internet services or just the mobile internet services, which are already suspended since April 17.
The mobile internet services in Kashmir were snapped last Monday following widespread student protests in the valley against alleged highhandedness of security forces.
The move comes amidst disturbances in Kashmir, which the authorities believe are fanned through social media.
Govt orders suspension of social media for a month in Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered suspension of social media networks in the trouble-hit valley for a period of one month or till further orders.
In an order, the Home Department has directed all Internet Service Providers that “any message or class of messages to or from any persons or classes of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the following social networking sites shall not be transmitted in the Kashmir valley, with immediate effect, for a period of one month or till further orders, whichever is earlier”.
Social networking sites to be suspended include Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, QQ, WeChat, Ozone, Tumblr, Google+, Baidu, Skype, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram and Reditt.
In the order, the government has said that the continued misuse of social networking sites and instant messaging services are likely to be detrimental to the interests of peace and tranquility in the state.