The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) yesterday announced the ban on WeTransfer.com, a file-sharing platform that lets users seamlessly upload files and share them across email addresses of their choice. The platform gained skyrocketing user base across India amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
As reported by a number of publishers, DoT lately issues a notice to the internet service providers across the country, the first two were specific URLs on the WeTransfer portal, and the third one was the root domain WeTransfer.com.
At present, most of the ISPs have blocked WeTransfer. DoT claims that the file-sharing platform is being used for sharing pornographic content.
It is pretty much uncertain that the government has imposed a ban on a file-sharing platform similar to any other legacy platforms that use web servers or cloud technology to store and send files like Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive and many more. WeTransfer claims that the files sent by the users are encrypted and can only be decrypted by the users receiving them via email. Moreover, the files uploaded on WeTransfer remain on its servers for a stipulated duration and taken off after that.
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