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Indian Gov't Bans Bulk SMS, Investigating Social Media 101

saiful76 writes "Following mass exodus of people belonging to north-east states India from southern states of India, specially Bangalore, allegedly due to the threatening messages, the government has asked relevant agencies to scan all social media platforms to check for inflammatory and offensive content, following which, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DIT) has issued an advisory to all intermediaries in terms of provisions of IT Act and Rules to take action for disabling all such content on priority. Cellphone operators have been told to block all bulk SMSs and videos — so nobody can send a message to more than five people at a time."
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Indian Gov't Bans Bulk SMS, Investigating Social Media

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  • Alleged cause? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by donaggie03 ( 769758 ) <d_osmeyer AT hotmail DOT com> on Saturday August 18, 2012 @03:26AM (#41034321)
    What is the extent of this "mass exodus"? It seems to me that if the mass is so large that it gets the attention of the national government, then the cause of the peoples' plight would be better understood than "allegedly due to threatening messages." Who is doing the allegations and why isn't there confirmation? So are these people leaving thier homes because of threatening messages or not? Is there even actually a mass of people leaving thier homes? What do THEY have to say about thier reasons?

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