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DailyMotion Blocked In India On RCOM; Airtel & RCOM Block Bookmarking Site Xmarks

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It just gets worse: Reliance Communications (RCOM) has now blocked access to video sharing site DailyMotion in India. On being tipped off on Twitter by @pranesh_prakash, we tried accessing the service using a Reliance Data card, and got the following familiar notice, indicating that “This site has been blocked as per instructions from Department of Telecom (DOT):

Dailymotion India Blocked

Dailymotion has significant partnerships in India: like in case of YouTube, many content owners host their official channels, with news, music videos and clips, on the video sharing site – sites like Rajshri MediaiStream.inSaavnBollywoodBackstageNDTVMid DayNewsXLehrenGlamSham have a presence on the channel. Readers might remember that the Samajwadi Party, the political party which won the recent elections in Uttar Pradesh, also livestreamed the inauguration ceremony of its Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on DailyMotion.

MediaNama has contacted Raajh Singh, Managing Director, Dailymotion India, for comments and inputs on what they’re planning to do about this block.

Bookmarking Sync Site Xmarks.com blocked on Airtel and RCOM

And it gets bizarre: Xmarks.com, which is a bookmark syncing site which allows users to sync their bookmarks across different browsers across computers has been blocked both on Airtel and Reliance Communications. Why this is bizarre – it just prevents users from syncing there own bookmarks across different computers and devices. It’s not even that users are sharing their bookmarks publicly. Screenshots taken via Airtel and RCOM:


Several torrent sites have also been blocked in India on Reliance Communications, and our readers suggest that other ISPs like MTNL Triband in Mumbai, Spidigo in Ahmedabad, Pacenet in Pune, Zylog Wi5, Aircel in Chennai, Connect broadband in Chandigarh among several others. Sushubh also suggests that text and code sharing platform Pastebin has been blocked.

We had raised the following issues yesterday:
1. Need specificity in court orders for blocking of websites, and no John Doe orders
2. ISPs need to be transparent with customers regarding the blocking of pages
3. ISPs are misrepresenting the nature of the blocks to customers by suggesting that sites have been blocked on order from the department of telecom
4. ISPs tend to overcompensate when blocking sites

More here.

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  • Sid

    Wow we are now moving to internet censorship like in China….just another proof that we live in a “democracy”

  • Knailesh

    This blocking is retrograde. All should protest.. what is use of net if u are not able to view videos of your choice

  • Gaurav

    blocking is one thing but i think we deserve a clear, concise and openly available REASON why a site is blocked. they cannot be allowed to block sites and not offer a reason, we arent serfs, this country is not  fiefdom. 

  • but why Xmarks.. you can still understand for torrents and songs sites. Xmarks??

  • InternetUser

    They control the cinema, they control the television, they control the petrol prices and now they control the internet too…  are we incompetent? That we need a competent authority to decide what should be viewed and what not is totally rubbish!!

  • Kapil aj

    what can the users really do ….? cant we file an RTI an do something regarding the whole blocking stuff …I mean its really pathetic am falling short of word what to say …guys pls think some thing lets raise a voice …