Extremist organisation ISIS is using internet propaganda to recruit teenagers to join its “Jihad”. Some teenagers in India have suffered a great deal as a result of this. According a report by India Today on January 4, the Indian government blocked more than 30 popular websites in an attempt to prevent terrorist ideology from permeating the internet. The authorities then unblocked four of them under the emotional pressure of a dissatisfied public.
The Indian government issued a statement on December 31 of last year that some websites will be blocked in the interest of security and combatting terrorism. This blockade was aimed at websites that “do not require identity authentication” and which allow “identity concealing” following registration. But authorities did not expect threat Indian public would not buy it. “Any discerning person can see that these websites do not contain any content relating to terrorist ideology. This is a violation of freedom of speech”. Criticism followed in quick succession accusing the authorities of taking such action without any screening.
Then under enormous pressure from popular sentiment the Indian government made concessions, reported the BBC. Currently, Weekly, Vimeo and other for well-known websites were blocked still cannot be visited. The intense backlash in public sentiment was beyond the authorities’ expectations. In addition to the extensive criticism, the hacker group Hackers Anonymous threatened to respond with their own counter-measures that if the authorities do not de-block the rest of the 28 websites. Indian Prime Minister an innocent bystander in this was also hit by the barbs. Many Indian netizens called Modi a “hypocrite”for tweeting “as a normal person I too join the protestors against suppression of freedom of speech, following the lifting of the information blockade.
Some Indian publications analysed that the Indian security department had a number of difficulties attempting to take legal action against the websites because of most of the servers of the targeted websites were based overseas therefore they had no success gaining access to the legal representatives of the website. But the Indian government said the authorities will never compromise on security in the fight against terrorism.