Did a Ban on Facebook and YouTube Save Lives in Kashmir?

On Sept. 20, Facebook and YouTube were blocked in the Kashmir Valley by government order after Kashmiris took to the streets to protest the anti-Islamic video “Innocence of Muslims,” a trailer of which had been circulating online. The ban was officially revoked on Oct.1, but as of last weekend, access to the Web sites had not been fully restored.State officials said the Kashmir ban was imposed in response to the unrest in neighboring Pakistan over the video, which resulted in more than 20 deaths there. Protests broke out across the Muslim world over the film, resulting in a number of deaths beyond Pakistan.

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