Kashmiris Are Disappearing From WhatsApp Due To Prolonged Communications Blackout
Messaging application WhatsApp is deactivating the accounts of Indian Occupied Kashmiris that have been inactive since August due to the communication blockage enforced by the Indian government after the revocation of Article 370 in the occupied valley.
According to WhatsApp policy, accounts of users that have been inactive for over 120 days get deactivated. The communications blackout in Indian Occupied Kashmir has taken away the people’s access to internet, explaining why the accounts were inactive.
People took to Twitter to express their sorrow over not being able to talk to their loved ones in the valley and how they received notifications of them ‘leaving’ groups on WhatsApp.
Sister automatically disappeared from @WhatsApp group because she couldn’t use internet for the last 122 days
I remember, initially, voices from India were ‘hey, India’s blockade on Kashmir is momentary, live with it until normalcy returns’ pic.twitter.com/WqosUkrYXz
— Baba Umar (@BabaUmarr) December 5, 2019
We formed this WhatsApp group of school friends, hoping that this Autumn we all reunite in #Kashmir & remince old days.
However since four months (August 5), those living in the valley are automatically being removed from the group, as they fail to update the App with NO internet pic.twitter.com/yMVLV1mZWp
— Tabeenah Anjum (@TabeenahAnjum) December 5, 2019
With revocation of article 370, major political leaders in Kashmir, like Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, were kept under house arrest and foreigners were being evacuated from the valley.
It has been 4 months since the communication blackout started.