Over 23 million ‘Immoral’ websites blocked in Afghanistan: Minister

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The ministry of communications and information has blocked more than 23 million websites that were posting immoral content in Afghanistan, the acting minister said on Thursday.

“We have blocked 23.4 million websites. They are changing their pages every time. So, when you block one website another one will be active,” acting Minister Najibullah Haqqani said.

Speaking at a conference, the acting minister also said that the ministry has collected more than 6.8 billion Afs this year, which is a 1.2 billion Afs increase from last year.

The deputy minister of communications and information, Ahmad Masoud Latif Rai, expressed criticism of the Meta-owned social media site Facebook for its lack of cooperation with the ministry.

“They bring up the issue of (government) recognition… and, therefore, they don’t cooperate very well with us,” said Deputy Minister Latif Rai.

According to acting Minister Haqqani, 80-85% illegal sim cards have been blocked. Based on available numbers, more than 35 million sim cards have been distributed in the country, of which 22 million are active.—Tolonews

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