Afghanistan government wants to temporarily ban WhatsApp

From Engadget - November 3, 2017

While it appears to be just a 20-day test, who called for it and why is up for debate as different and somewhat contradictory information has been circulating. The letters themselves were sent by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology but a source told the New York Times that the ban was actually being pushed by Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security. However, an official with the agency said that was not the case.

As for why the temporary ban has been put in place, one of the leaders of the country's Telecom Regulatory Authority told the BBC it was due to "security concerns." But shortly after that statement was made, the Ministry of Communications said it was done in order "to introduce a new kind of technology" following complaints of WhatsApp's service quality.


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