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Govt may temporarily block access to Facebook, YouTube over non-compliance

  • Minister notes difficulty in controlling rumors and cybercrimes 
  • Media giants to be informed of non-compliance beforehand
Update : 31 Mar 2024, 09:18 PM

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, who is also chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Law and Order, has said the government may temporarily suspend services of social media giants, including Facebook and YouTube, if they do not obey government instructions to curb the spread of disinformation.

He was speaking to the media after a committee meeting at the Secretariat on Sunday.

Highlighting the decisions of the meeting, he said Facebook, YouTube and Google are not sincere about the government's recommendations on various issues. 

As their head offices are not in Bangladesh, it has become difficult for the government to fight rumours and control cybercrimes on social media, he added.

The minister said the media giants will be informed about their non-compliance, and then if they do not comply, the government may resort to publishing advertisements in newspapers mentioning their non-compliance before taking any action.

He said they will be served public notices so that they cannot complain about curbing their rights and thus the government will not be held responsible.

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