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India is a democratic country, where literally nothing gets blocked without valid reasons. However rapid growth of technology has posed danger to people in several parts of the world.
We look at websites, services and devices that are banned in different parts of the world.There are some valid reason, why a Government has blocks services from these countries or regions.
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It is essential to remember that opinions about bans may differ and often there are contrasting views when things get banned as people may either oppose or come out in support of such bans. We look at 10 internet services, daily technology and devices that are banned in various regions.
Facebook Freebasics is banned in India recently as it did not support net neutrality. While the ongoing debate extended for several days, with both viewpoints emerging.
It has been banned as it did not have valid reasons to prove that it was net neutral and offered differential pricing for internet on its services.
Whatsapp, Facebook and some other social services are banned in Bangladesh for security reasons, since November, 2015.
Blackberry products are banned in Pakistan. Blackberry's BBM messaging services are encrypted and this is not looked upon favorably by some countries.
Israel has banned the iPad as it follows a U.S. based standard that could not be suitable for the country's military.
Communist Cuba banned mobile phones until 2008 when the ban on mobile phones was lifted by Raul Castro who took over from the older ruler.
Video Games At Midnight
Playing video games at Midnight is banned in South Korea. In order to prevent gaming addiction, the government has banned gaming between the hours of 12 AM to 6 AM in the morning.
Google Street View
Google Street View has been banned in these countries as they are considered as a threat to the country's security and privacy
Facebook is banned in Pakistan. However, the ban seems to have been lifted.
Laser Pointers have been banned in the Europe as people often beam these lasers on to air crafts flying in the sky which created problems. Sale of these items are banned.
China has a reputation of banning several websites and Sound Cloud is another among them.