15 Days Ban on Bulk SMSes and MMSes

In order to control the spread of rumours through SMSes and MMSes which has led to the exodus of north-eastern people from different states in the country, government from 18 August has banned bulk SMSes and MMSes across the country for 15 days.

According to the sources, from 18 August onwards no one will be able to send more than 5 SMSes at a shot and more than 20 KB of data through mobile phones during the 15 day ban period. Though the limit on SMS is on bulk messages, some operators have also limited person-to-person SMSes as well.

After observing the widespread circulation of misleading information about Assam violence, threats to people of northeastern origin living in other parts of the country and doctored videos through SMSes and MMSes, state government has taken this decision.

Source: TOI