Internet Archive—a website which has a database of millions of free books, movies, software, music and websites—is beingblocked by several internet service providers in India.
Subscribers of Airtel, Aircel and Act Internet are seeinga notification which reads: “Your requested URL has been blocked as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India,” reported NDTV.
The website hosts the popular Way back Machine which has a collection of over 300 billion web pages over the last two decades.
In a statement to NDTV, a spokesperson for Internet Archive said, “We have no information about why a block would have been implemented. Multiple attempts to contact the DoT and MeitY (DeitY was the agency that ultimately ended up responded regarding the previous block) have gone unanswered thus far (we first tried to reach out to them about 22 hours ago)," the person added.
"Obviously, we are disappointed and concerned by this situation and are very eager to understand why it's happening and see full access restored to archive.org," the statement added.
It is, however, not clear what is the reason behind such an action by the DoT.- Money Control