As many as 60 websites have been blocked by the Union Government this year for allegedly promoting the militant outfit Islamic State and posting terror-related content, a senior government official said. On Wednesday, the government blocked two websites related to IS and two Facebook pages for promoting jihadi activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Intelligence agencies monitoring objectionable content on the Internet requested the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in). While in case of an emergency, the State police directly write to the intermediary concerned, such as Facebook and Twitter, to block a website under Section 79 (3)(b) of the Information Technology Act. The other way of blocking objectionable content is through a committee comprising CERT-in officials, which takes a call after wider consultation.
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