India Institutes 5 SMS Text Limit Amid Exodus

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – While many users globally make use of sending and receiving large amounts of data via their mobile devices on a daily basis, users in India are finding themselves irked by a new limit instituted by the country’s government.

A 15 day ban period for bulk SMS texts (Short Message Service)  began for the country on Saturday, according to a report from the Times of India. “No one will be able to send more than 5 SMSes in one go and more than 20 KB of data through mobile phones during the ban period,” stated the country’s Telecom Regulatory Authority, according to the news story.

The move was reportedly made to help curb the spread of false information pertaining to alleged violence in the Indian state of Assam where an exodus has ensued. However, for some, it’s seen as putting a cap on freedom of speech.

Data limits have been commonly administered in attempts to squelch problematic events. Last year in August, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in the United States cut cellular service in underground train areas in reaction to protests in the area, a move that was widely criticized.