The Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, has banned the popular file-sharing website WeTransfer.com. The government says that the website has been banned keeping in mind the interests of the country and the public security.
According to a Mumbai Mirror report, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued a notice to Internet service providers to ban three URLs in the country. In the first two notices, two selected URLs on the website were asked to be banned, while in the third notice, the entire WeTransfer website was ordered to be banned.
What is WeTransfer?
WeTransfer is a popular website for file sharing. Millions of people use this website worldwide and the number of users of this website in India increased rapidly during the lockdown. Files up to 2 GB can be sent directly from the website through email. After taking the paid plan of the website, users can send unlimited files with high resolution and even more than 2 GB in size. Most people use their free plan only. This website is easy to use and this is one of the reasons why its popularity increased rapidly in the country.
It is not yet clear why the government has banned the WeTransfer. But currently, most of the big internet service providers have banned WeTransfer for their users.
Banning websites in India is not new, many websites have been banned even before this. During the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the Ministry of Information and Technology had reported that there is an increase in the number of sites by 442 % which were blocked. Most of these URLs promoted malware and pornography or were a threat to national security.