India was ranked the third worst-hit economies in the world due to internet shutdowns after crisis-hit countries Sudan and Iraq. The UK-based tech research firm Top10VPN, on Tuesday (January 7), revealed that around 4,196 hours of internet blackouts in India cost the Indian economy close to $1.3 Bn in 2019.
In December 2019, the UP government had suspended the internet services in 21 districts due to CAA protest, including Lucknow, Meerut, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr among others. At the time, the government claimed that the shut down of internet services was a precautionary measure to prevent the circulation of false information or rumours through social media platforms. However, the Top10VPN report did not mention any data about social media blackouts in India.
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