The telecom department has come forward to ask the views of the industry on the technical measure that can be adapted for blocking the social media application such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Telegram in any of the national security situation or when the public orders are felt to be under some threats.
On 18th July 2018, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has sent out the written letters to the telecom operators, industry body cellular operators Association of India (COAI), the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) and many others to ask them for the input to block out the application under the section of 69A of the IT act.
An official commented on it, “DoT in the letter had said that the Ministry of Electronics and IT and law enforcement agencies have raised an issue around blocking of certain mobile apps like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telecom, etc. to meet the requirement under Section 69A of IT Act,"
This section 69A of IT acts is surrounding the power to issue a direction to block any of the public access to any sort of information through the digital resources specifically computers.
According to this law, the central government and any of the officer authorised by the issue direction is to be blocked any sort of information keeping the interest of the Interest that will fall on the integrity and sovereignty of the nation, security of the state, defence of India, friendly relations with any of the foreign state or public orders. It is a way to prevent stimulation to any of the commission of any sort that leads to the cognisable offence that is related to them.
For over few months, the country is facing the spread out news about the mob lynching incident that is based on the rumours and is spread wild on social media platforms. It was seen in the top platforms such as WhatsApp that is considered as the popular massaging application that has become the target of the rumours as it is used to circulate the fake news that has ended up with the mob fury.
However, the IT minister official came forward and said that WhatsApp has not yet agreed on the traceability or attribution of the messages that are the main demands of the Indian government. However, the group of team of WhatsApp is working on the software to make sure that people are safe.