Afghanistan Cancel Block WhatsApp and Telegram

WhatsApp And Telegram
Last week, Afghan government reports appeared to block an encrypted application, WhatsApp and Telegram. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has sent a letter to both companies, asking them to block the application. A copy of the letter quickly circulated on social media.

The government's plan has made people protest and make some people question the freedom of the public for expression. However, the Afghan government has now declared that they will not block WhatsApp or Telegram.

Both Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah and his deputy spokesman made a tweet saying that WhatsApp and Telegram would not be blocked after Dr. Abdullah met President Ashraf Ghani.

Now, this blocking problem has indeed been resolved. However, it remains unknown what government agency wants to block both messages.

Although the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is the party that sent a request to Telegram and WhatsApp, a New York Times source said that the National Directorate of Security, the Afghan intelligence service, is the party who actually wants to block it.

The reasons for blocking WhatsApp and Telegram vary, ranging from a sense of security concern to the quality of services of both applications.

No matter what the reason many people are protesting against government plans. The freedom of speech activist group in Afghanistan says that this blocking move is an act of tyranny.