SRINAGAR: India-led Jammu and Kashmir government has lifted the ban on 22 social networking sites including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter after a month of blockage in the Kashmir valley.
The ban, imposed on April 26 was aimed at controlling the rumours spreading through the social media in the Valley.
“The ban will not be extended,” Principal Secretary of J&K, R K Goyal said.
The Home Department had taken the action alleging that these social networking sites were being “misused by anti-national and anti-social elements to create law and order disturbances” in Kashmir.
The ban on social networking sites was criticised by global institutions including the United Nations. On May 11, the United Nations experts had asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to lift the ban on social media sites.