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Bangladesh Army warns of rumour, propaganda on social media

  • Published at 07:17 pm December 24th, 2018
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Screenshot of Bangladesh Army's official Facebook page

The warning came after social media giants Facebook and Twitter removed a number of active pages and accounts for 'coordinated inauthentic behaviour' on Thursday.

Bangladesh Army on Monday cautioned the citizens to remain vigilant about an ongoing plot to spread rumour and propaganda against the disciplined force on social media ahead of the general elections, which is due on Sunday.

In a statement, the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR), the official media arm of Bangladesh Armed Forces, also asked the citizens not to share contents propagated by “websites, Facebook pages, YouTube channels that publish fake news, rumour and propaganda” that are aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the army.


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It also advised all concerned to visit the official website of the Bangladesh Army and its social media accounts on Facebook and Youtube for any information regarding the army.

The warning came after social media giants Facebook and Twitter removed a number of active pages and accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" on Thursday.


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Facebook said nine pages and six accounts mimicked independent news outlets and posted pro-government as well as anti-opposition content.

Twitter said it suspended 15 accounts “originating from Bangladesh for engaging in coordinated platform manipulation.”

The micro-blogging site’s security wing, Twitter Safety, had tweeted that based on their initial analysis, “it appears that some of these accounts may have ties to state-sponsored actors.”