By the time Kashmir lifted its texting ban, Kashmiris had moved on to WhatsApp

Four years ago, the government of Jammu and Kashmir instituted a ban on texting on prepaid mobile phones, which it blamed for the spreading of false information during the often deadly protests that were erupting in the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley at the time. This week, after a crushing defeat for the state’s ruling party in India’s national elections, chief minister Omar Abdullah announced that he was lifting the ban.

But in part because of the government’s crackdown, not many people send text messages these days—they’re much more likely to use WhatsApp…read it at Quartz

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