What you need to know about the new Indian government’s ban on social media
India has banned the use of social media for the first time since its independence from British rule in 1947.
The new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said it is to protect the country from terrorism and terrorism-related threats.
Modi’s government also says it is necessary to protect national security and maintain the “proper functioning of the civil service”.
But the ban has sparked outrage from rights activists and others who say the ban will hurt India’s economy.
What you need read: India bans social media and calls on others to follow suit article India’s government says it has banned social media because of the threat of terrorism and terror-related attacks.
But many others argue that the government has acted unfairly, saying that it has been ignoring the country’s most vulnerable citizens and leaving many out of work and without the resources to pay for basic necessities.
“The government has failed to protect citizens and is undermining social and economic security,” said Anirban Bhattacharya, director of the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIT).
“It is not just a ban but also a massive, arbitrary and disproportionate exercise of power.”
The ban comes amid a rising level of intolerance in India.
More than a million people have been killed in more than two decades of conflict, and thousands of people have died in the past year due to attacks on public gatherings.
The new prime minister has made social media a top priority and he has promised to use it to fight the menace of terrorism.
I will do everything in my power to bring a swift end to this scourge of violence, Modi told the country in a speech on Wednesday.
But many people are concerned about the impact the ban may have on India’s burgeoning digital economy.
The ban will affect millions of Indians, said Rajiv Kumar, head of research at India Digital Network.
“This is an unprecedented decision that is likely to impact people’s lives,” Kumar said.
“We expect that social media will become even more crucial as the country continues to face challenges of economic, social and political instability.”
The government said it will also provide free Internet access to its citizens.
It will also establish an Internet portal to help people manage their digital lives, it said.
India has banned many social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook.
But critics argue that these services are not the only way to communicate.
The government will not ban any online service, but will instead make it easier to access government websites and services through its internet portal.
The decision is likely not to have much impact on India, where the majority of the population uses mobile phones.
But other countries are expected to follow India’s lead, said Rahul Gupta, executive director of The Internet Society.
This is a step forward, Gupta said.
India has already started using the internet to provide free internet access to millions of people, including some rural areas.
India is not the first country to take a hard line on social networking.
The Philippines banned social networking in May this year, and the government of Turkey has banned it as well.