Facebook agrees to appoint local representative in Bangladesh, pay taxes to state exchequer
Social media Facebook has agreed to follow the rules of Digital Security Act and share information with law enforcers as per their need.
The decision was made in a meeting between eight-member delegation of Facebook and Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar at BTRC auditorium in Dhaka on Monday, reports UNB.
The minister urged the Facebook authorities to follow the Bangladeshi guidelines considering anarchy, pornography, rumors, question paper leak, propaganda and social security in the country.
"Bangladeshi citizens should get the opportunity of using safe Facebook. Bangladesh has law and Facebook should implement content and other things as per the law," he said while the social media authorities assured to consider the matter with sincerity.
Alleging that there are some problems in use of Bangla language on the Facebook, Jabbar suggested to fix them.
He said: "Sheikh Hasina's government is ready to provide any kind of assistance in the case of Bangla language."
Secretary to the Posts and Telecommunications Division Ashoke Kumar Biswas and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulation Commission (BTRC) Chairman Md Jahurul Haque were also present in the meeting among others.
Facebook to appoint local representative
The social networking giant, Facebook, agreed to appoint local representative in the country and pay taxes to the government exchequer, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology on Monday.
The BTRC officials, present in the meeting, said the Facebook agreed to appoint local representative within six weeks.
"Also, the company will appoint a VAT agent to deal with government revenue from its advertising earnings," a senior official told Dhaka Tribune.