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Wayback Machine has been blocked in India

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India has blocked internet archival site Wayback Machine, according to India Today. Users trying to access the site have been receiving messages that say the block is “on the directions” of India’s Department of Telecom.

Wayback is an incredibly valuable tool and is essentially an Internet archive with 302 billion pages saved over the past two decades. India Today reports that the block “may even hit India’s attempt to root out corruption, doublespeak and is likely to make a number of government bodies less accountable to citizens.” The block seems to be patchy though, with some regions blocked, while others are reportedly able to get through.

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