Two Popular messaging app, WhatsApp and Telegram are going to be suspended in Afghanistan. As the Ministry of Afghanistan Orders Suspension of WhatsApp and Telegram. According to the officials, these two services are blocked to resolve “technical problems”. The services of both these apps will remain block for a period of 20 days.
Afghanistan Orders Suspension of WhatsApp and Telegram
According to some reports, WhatsApp and Telegram are often used by the Taleban and other militant groups to evade government surveillance. An official from Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said that the request of this ban had come from the National Directorate of Security.
Acting telecommunications minister Shabhzad Aryobee said the move was in response to dissatisfaction with the services. He also said:
“In order to improve the services and solve the technical problems of these two programs the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology is considering to introduce a new technology,”
Telecommunications ministry spokesman Najib Nangyalay also told.
“We are testing a new technology and WhatsApp and Telegram will be temporarily blocked. It is not a blow to the freedom of communication in Afghanistan – we have access to Facebook, Twitter. We are committed to the freedom of expression.”