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GoDaddy shut down exam info website Prepp.in for over a day due to complaint from Meghalaya Police

Prepp.in, a website targeted at government job aspirants, was shut down by GoDaddy for over a day in December due to a complaint by Meghalaya Police, MediaNama has learnt. Prepp.in said that the complaint was against a post that speculated on an exam schedule for Meghalaya Police recruitment. While admission schedules for such jobs are not set in stone, they tend to follow a pattern that websites like Prepp routinely speculate on, Prepp co-founder Sahil Chalana said. Interest in such content in India tends to be high as recruitment into government jobs are coveted and notified on short notice, and the number of applicants far exceeds the number of vacancies. This time, though, Prepp was mistaken about any exams or appointments being notified soon, and Meghalaya Police — which was not hiring any new officers in that role in 2020 — did not take it lightly. Instead of reaching out to the website for a correction, the police directly shot off an email to GoDaddy, the domain registrar where Prepp.in is registered, and the registrar shut the website down for one and a half days. No court or government order The blocking was an unusual move, as it seemed that a website was taken down without a court order, or without an order from either the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology or the Department of Telecommunications. An email complaining about the article was sent by an Additional Director General of Police in Meghalaya, and GoDaddy promptly took down the…

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