The government has ordered unblocking of 32 websites that were being used by terrorists after these sites promised to cooperate with the authorities and removed 'jehadi' content. Director-General of Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), Gulshan Rai confirmed the order.
"Order was issued on Thursday to unblock all 32 websites that were blocked following complaint of Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) that ISIS is disseminating content through them. All websites has responded that they will work with government and removed jehadi content," a source said.
Mumbai Court had ordered ISP's to block some websites carrying anti-India content, after a complaint was filed by Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). An official stated that ATS had received information that some websites were carrying anti-national content while it was investigating some terror cases. The sites blocked included some popular ones like dailymotion.com, weebly.com, github.com, vimeo.com, pastebin.com, among others.
According to reports, the sites contained material about Areeb Majid, an alleged ISIS member who was arrested by NIA, as well as others hailing from North Karnataka's Bhatkal area. Officials stated that these websites were being used to induce Indian youth to join ISIS. Some websites were unblocked in December while the rest have been ordered to be unblock now.
These websites were blocked under Section 69A of Information and Technology Act. However, the move was protested by many internet freedom activists as there are no clear procedures related to banning of websites by the government.