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Govt blocks 752 Facebook IDs named after PM

  • Published at 10:46 pm February 7th, 2019
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NTMC Director Brig Gen Ziaul Ahsan on Thursday said a vested quarter has been actively circulating rumours and propaganda on social media, with the aim of tarnishing the image of the government

The government has blocked at least 752 Facebook IDs and 1,332 pages that were opened using the name of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reportedly to tarnish the image of the government.

The National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre (NTMC), which works under the Home Ministry, took the decision to block the Facebook IDs, reports Bangla Tribune. 

NTMC Director Brig Gen Ziaul Ahsan on Thursday said a vested quarter has been actively circulating rumours and propaganda on social media, with the aim of tarnishing the image of the government.    

“The culprits opened fake Facebook IDs and pages named after media personalities and outlets, to spread confusion among the masses,” he added.

“They have been spreading false and derogatory information to tarnish the image of the government at home and abroad through the IDs and pages, a number of which use the names of the premier and her family members,” the NTMC chief said.

“With a view to stopping propaganda and rumours on Facebook, the NTCM stepped forward to block the unauthorized IDs and pages,” he added, mentioning that at least 752 Facebook IDs and 1,332 pages under the name of the prime minister have been blocked as of January 27.

According to the NTMC chief, the government also recently blocked 288 Facebook pages and 28 groups opened under the names of the Election Commission, army and navy.

Expressing hope that the blocking of the IDs and pages would help maintain the positive image of the government and prevent anarchy, he said 71 posts containing propaganda were also removed as part of the crackdown. 

On Jaunary 22, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar said at least 760 fake Facebook accounts, pages and groups were created using the name of Bangladesh Army in just one night before the December 30 general election.

False online propaganda was a major threat to the 11th parliamentary election, which forced not only the law enforcement agencies but also telecom regulators to keep an eye on criminal acts on social media, to avert any untoward situation, he added.