The Afghan government has proceeded with a temporary ban of the messaging app WhatsApp, claiming that it has been causing “security issues” as reported by the BBC. This news has angered a big part of the population since freedom of expression and communication has greatly helped the country to further develop.
While some private service providers are still resisting to their demands, government-owned Salaam Telecom has reported that users will not be able to access WhatsApp or Telegram. These messaging apps are known to be used by many Afghan people, including the elite members of the society however they are also used by the Taliban and their complex network on social media.
The executive director of Nai, Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, stated that it is wrong and illegal to ban freedom of speech in Afghanistan, and fears that the government might stand against the media one day.
However, there were no well-established reasons why WhatsApp was banned in the country. An anonymous response was received by an official saying that those orders came directly from the National Directorate of Security. Later on, a completely different reason stated by the Ministry of Communication, saying that they want “to introduce a new kind of technology,” since people have reportedly been complaining about the quality of service for WhatsApp. For the more tech-savvy Afghan users, they have been using VPNs to be able to access the service.
This time, carriers may find it harder to not accept the government requests since they will be earning more through the direct calls.
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Via: | Engadget |
Source: | The New York Times |
Image Credits: | Quartz |