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Srinagar: Government is likely to ban social media for at least for six months to minimize violence in valley.

“There have been suggestions made that the use of online networks like Facebook, WhatsApp and Youtube should be banned, rather than snapping Internet intermittently in the Valley,” a ruling party leader privy to the development said. He said that social media networks are likely to be banned for the next six months of summer to prevent further flare-up of the situation.

“It’s not the bandwidth but the use of social networks by certain sections which add fuel to the fire. Therefore, it is better to put a stop to this rather than putting a blanket ban on the internet,” he said, adding that these suggestions have been made to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Meanwhile,JK Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid declined to comment on the issue, saying he was not privy to the deliberations on banning social media.

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