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Afghanistan Sparks Outcry As It Bans WhatsApp And Telegram Messaging Services

Afghanistan has started a clamor after it moved to ban WhatsApp and Telegram

Writers, media gatherings and clients of online networking have blamed the administration for such restrictions .

Be that as it may, government figure said the choice represented no danger to Afghans’ opportunity of articulation.

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It is trusted requires a boycott may have been started to stop the Taliban and other guerilla bunches from conveying by means of the scrambled informing applications.

WhatsApp and Telegram are often used by militant groups to avoid government surveillance.

Earlier in the week officials at the body which regulates telecommunications in Afghanistan confirmed they had written to service providers to ask for a temporary, 20-day ban for security reasons.

But acting Telecommunications Minister Shahzad Aryobee also posted a message on Facebook saying the regulator had been asked to enforce a gradual block on messaging services to solve technical problems after several complaints.

Complaints about audibility and signal strength are common in Afghanistan.

Aryobee wrote: “The government is committed to freedom of speech and knows that it is a basic civil right for our people.” The ban is yet to have been enforced.

Prominent newspaper editor Parwiz Kawa told the BBC the move was a retrograde step and would not be tolerated.

Mobile services have rapidly expanded in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. Whats App, which is owned by Facebook, have refused to comment.

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