This article is for all those hard working office people who are now getting used to/ surrendering to the concept of working from home every weekday and manage their life with whatever time is left – because long working hours. Duh!
One of the biggest challenges of working from home is sharing files with your team members. Especially when you’re working on a presentation or working for a production house or design studio, there are multiple files – mostly heavy in size which needs to be shared on an on-going basis. For this, we all have turned to WeTransfer – world’s popular file sharing platform.
And WeTransfer worked seamlessly for us. It helped in transferring the files, UI is easy to use and navigate, no sign in was required and anyone can access it. The best thing about the platform is that it doesn’t even store your files for more than 7 days. So you don’t have to worry about deleting files or anything. But then our Department of Telecommunication (DoT) banned this wonderful and helpful site. In an order dated May 18, 2020, DoT directed the internet service providers (ISP) to ban 3 URLs citing national security and public interest concerns. The 2 URLs were specific WeTransfer pages but the 3rd URL was the main site page: wetransfer.com itself.
Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), digital rights group was in the forefront to challenge the ban and cited it as an example of having a larger issue of lack of transparency. You can read this news article on IFF’s view on WeTransfer ban.
However, it’s now clear and official that WeTransfer site is up and running on all the major ISPs. The twitter handle of Department of Telecommunication in its tweet confirmed the site’s accessibility to Indian users.
In fact, today’s issue with Gmail, wherein the users complained of not being able to send or receive mails or attach files, may have given a boost to WeTransfer usage. If you are one of those who thought WeTransfer is still banned and haven’t used the site for weeks, go ahead and try it now. You’ll be happy with the result.