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DoT gave instructions to ISP, blocked more than 4,500 URLs.

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The Department of Telecom has instructed internet service providers to block many URLs due to objectionable content.
New Delhi: The Department of Telecommunications has instructed Internet Service Providers (ISP) to block 4694 URLs. All these URLs had content related to child abuse. This information was given in Parliament on Wednesday.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that DOT has blocked the ISP from 2016 to 2017 (till 30 November) to block 1791 URLs (uniform resource locator), including Facebook page and YouTube video. Instructions have been given.

According to the list received from the Central Bureau of Investigation, DOT has instructed the ISP to block 4694 URLs. They had children’s content related to child abuse. In addition, according to the order of the various courts, the year 2016 and 2017 (upto 30th November) are directed to block total 2133 urls.

Sinha has told that ISPs are blocking these internet websites and URLs with the help of qualified technology. However, at present, the technology is not capable enough to block the content of a particular URL and website.

In another information, Minister of Electronics and IT Alfonos has said that 1329 URLs have been blocked by 587 in social media websites and special web pages, 964 in 2016 and 30 November in 2017.

As per the order of the various courts of the country, in 2015, a total of 632, 100 in 2016, and 83 in the year 2017, 83 social media websites and web pages have also been blocked.