Citing public interest, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has banned popular file transfer website WeTransfer. The DoT directed telecom operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to ban three website Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), one of which is the WeTransfer website.
The ban on WeTransfer comes during the time when educational institutes and firms are working from home and are using file transfer services to exchange large-sized documents and data.
WeTransfer reportedly has over 50 million users around the world. It was founded in 2009. The website allows users to send files up to 2GB to the recipient’s email for free without the need to create a separate account. Premium users can send up to 20GB of files and also get 1TB storage space.
Websites are typically banned when they are found promoting illegal practices, encourage pornography or are a threat to national security.
In its reply to several complaints on Twitter, WeTransfer said it had received reports of being partially blocked in India and was investigating the issue to have more details. The website recommends using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) as a temporary workaround to use the service.
There are several other apps and websites like DropBox, Google Drive, etc, that offer file transfer services and can be used as WeTransfer alternatives.