• Monday, Jan 21, 2019
  • Last Update : 12:26 am

Social media sites worry Awami League

  • Published at 12:39 pm June 13th, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:06 am June 14th, 2018

The party says with election time nearing, certain quarters are out to spread propaganda against the government on social networking websites

The ruling Awami League has become worried about social media sites, stating that the sites are widely used to spread propaganda against the government. 

According to the party policymakers, the social networking websites are so powerful that they are used to spread positive information and propaganda simultaneously, reports Bangla Tribune

The party anticipates a rise in propaganda ahead of the national election, scheduled to be held in December. 

Sources said the party is planning to interest leaders and activists in using social media sites. Additionally, the party will highlight development activities on these sites so that the propaganda does not mar its achievements. 

The party leaders said that as the election nears, certain quarters are planning to spread propaganda against the government on social networking websites. 

The rate of spreading propaganda will increase in the coming days, the Awami League top brass fears. 

The party is conducting an extensive study to rein in the propaganda.  

Senior Awami League leaders said that since it has been in power in the last 10 years, anti-government propaganda has increased. 

Awami League Presidium Member Kazi Zafarullah said: “A certain quarter is out to spread propaganda against the government by using social media sites.

“If anything happens in the country, they try to provoke the people by spreading propaganda against the government. We had the experience during the quota reform movement. It is crucial to curb the abuse.”

Sources said a team, comprising people who have expertise in social media sector, will be formed to handle the propaganda. 

The team will be assisted by Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son and ICT adviser of the prime minister and Radwan Siddiq Bobby, son of Sheikh Rehana, the younger sister of the prime minister. 

An investigation was conducted on those accounts from which propaganda was spread and it was found that most of the user accounts were fake. The accounts were operated from foreign countries, including those of the Middle East and the UK. 

The Awami League also sought cooperation from the authorities of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in this regard. 

“Various anti-government quarters have resorted to spreading propaganda by using the social sites to tarnish its image after facing debacle in the political arena,” said Awami League Joint General Secretary Abdur Rahman.

It is time to identify the plotters, he said.