Government bans file-sharing site WeTransfer Citing National Security Reasons

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WeTransfer, one of the world’s most popular file sharing service has been banned by the Department of Telecommunications.

Internet Service Providers got the orders which said, WeTransfer and two other links will be banned under grounds of ‘national security’ and public interest’.

According to the reports, DoT issued a notice to ban three URLs. The first two notices were given to ban two specific URLs on the website, and the third one was sent to ban the whole WeTransfer website. There are millions of users around the world, but the site is more popular in India. With the help of WeTransfer website, you can send files up to 2GB to the recipient’s email. It won’t ask you to create any account. It also has paid version which allows to transfer files of higher capacities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, the service has hugely benefited organisations whose employees were working from home, allowing them to easily share large files with each other. Email attachments typically limit file size to a few MB, while accessing secure FTP (file-transfer protocol) on a company’s server is tedious.

However, the WeTransfer service can be misused as well. One can send porn clips or sensitive content through this site, as the site cannot access the files or data being shared. That’s the reason being cited by the telecom department for the ban.