Afghanistan asked the internet service provider to block WhatsApp and telegram temporarily due to its misuse by few users in Afghanistan. It could be possibly Taliban or other fiction groups. This not a permanent ban of WhatsApp and telegram according to telecommunication ministry of Afghanistan.
Afghan authorities are ordering internet service providers to block WhatsApphttps://t.co/Q0bTvFnVkt
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 4, 2017
WhatsApp and services similar to this, including Viber and Facebook Messenger, are commonly in use by Afghan politicians and members of the government as well as by the Taliban, which has a sophisticated social media operation of its own.
The decision has ignited a firestorm on social media with users describing the move to block the messaging services as an assault on their right to freedom of speech.