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India bans social media in Kashmir amid students’ protest

Indian government have announced a one-month ban on 22 social media services, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp in Indian held Kashmir.

The state government said the services were being misused by “anti-government elements” to incite violence.

Graphic videos claiming to show abuses done by the Indian forces to the Kashmiri youths.

At least nine people have died in widespread violent clashes with the security forces in the disputed region.

Other social media services, communications tools and websites to have been banned under the order include YouTube, Skype, Telegram, Snapchat and Reddit.

Confrontations in Indian-administered Kashmir have become frequent since the killing of popular militant leader Burhan Wani by security forces last July.

The latest violence began on  April 9 when eight people were killed and scores injured after police clashed with protesters during a by-election in the city of Srinagar.

Since then, hundreds of students have protested on the streets, chanting anti-India slogans and throwing stones at the security forces.