India has shut down internet services more than 350 times in five years

Since August, successive decisions by India’s central government to repeal Section 370 of the Constitution in Jammu-Kashmir and to issue the Citizenship Amendment Act have sparked violent protests across the country, forcing the government to suspend Internet services to prevent rumors from spreading and triggering more violence.

India Today’s data analysis department recently released a report analyzing Internet closures in India and finding that terrorist activity and community tensions are the biggest causeof disruption to Internet services.

Since 2014, there have been 357 temporary shutdowns of Internet services in India, the report said.

India has shut down internet services more than 350 times in five years

2014-2019 “Off-Grid” Chart

India experienced six Internet shutdowns in 2014 and rose to 14 in 2015, the report said. It reached 31 in 2016 and 79 in 2017. This figure peaked in 2018 at 134, with a total of 93 Internet service closures as of December 15, 2019.

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