Telecom Operators, Civil Society Groups Divided Over Selective App-Banning

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September 26, 2023

The Department of Telecommunications has floated a possibility of ‘selective’ app banning, such as switching off WhatsApp, in a strife-riddled area as an alternative to Internet shutdowns.

…the selective app banning debate, which is being proffered as a less extreme solution to Internet shutdowns, has its critics. “We are … apprehensive of the approach of selective banning of OTT services, given its ad hoc, ambiguous, and impractical application, and the negative consequences it may have of user choice and freedom,” the Internet Freedom Foundation said.

VIA The Hindu