Violence prompted by a Facebook post deemed objectionable has led to state authorities blocking Internet services in the Basirhat sub-division of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal - less than 100 km to the east of Kolkata - to curb spread of rumors on social media and instant messaging services, reports ANI. Currently, section 144 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure), which deals with unlawful assembly, has been put in place in the area. West Bengal: Internet services disrupted in #Baduria following communal violence in North 24 Parganas. — ANI (@ANI_news) July 5, 2017 The allegedly objectionable Facebook post was shared by a 17-year old boy on Monday. By the evening of the same day, the boy had been arrested by local police, however by then the mob had already vandalised shops and put up blockades along major road connections in the area. There were clashes between the mob and the police as well. WB: Violence in North 24 Parganas's Baduria after protests over an objectionable social media post pic.twitter.com/42BGDI4D3q — ANI (@ANI_news) July 5, 2017 This development comes less than a month after Internet services were shutdown in Darjeeling, which has now entered its third week and has been extended for 8 more days till Monday, July 10, 2017. Around the same time as the shutdown in Darjeeling, mobile Internet was blocked once again in Jammu & Kashmir following the death of a youth. Authorities said that blocking the Internet was necessitated to curb spread of “inflammable content” on social media. Typically, mobile…
- RBI increases UPI and recurring transaction limits for certain categories December 8, 2023
- The Quantum Hub discusses concerns on age verification and children’s data processing under India’s data protection law December 8, 2023
- India’s central bank to set up cloud facility for financial sector December 8, 2023
- Navigating the Complexities of Open Source AI: Insights from Carnegie India Summit December 8, 2023
- Supreme Court Dismisses Plea by Foundation for Media Professionals on Internet Shutdowns December 8, 2023
MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.
Factors like Indus not charging developers any commission for in-app payments and antitrust orders issued by India's competition regulator against Google could contribute to...
Is open-sourcing of AI, and the use cases that come with it, a good starting point to discuss the responsibility and liability of AI?...
RBI Deputy Governor Rabi Shankar called for self-regulation in the fintech sector, but here's why we disagree with his stance.
Straw man fallacy: IT Ministers’ defence of government exemptions in data protection law misses the point
Both the IT Minister and the IT Minister of State have chosen to avoid the actual concerns raised, and have instead defended against lesser...
The Central Board of Film Certification found power outside the Cinematograph Act and came to be known as the Censor Board. Are OTT self-regulating...
Please subscribe to MediaNama. Don't share prints and PDFs.
You May Also Like
Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...
135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...
Twitter takes down tweets from MP, MLA, editor criticising handling of pandemic upon government request
By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...