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No decision yet over blocking Facebook, says telecom div secy

03 April 2017,Monday, 20:14

The government has neither taken any decision nor given any directive to block social networking site Facebook after midnight, said Posts and Telecommunications Division secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder.

“It won’t be wise to block Facebook now as it’s not only used by children but also by many others for various purposes, including business and overseas communication…there’ll be a technical problem if it is blocked now,” the secretary told UNB.

Shyam Sunder said this following media reports over blocking Facebook for 6 hours since midnight.

The Cabinet Division has sent a letter to the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry seeking opinion whether Facebook could be blocked from 12 am to 6 am in the interest of children, he said.

In response to a letter of the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry, the BTRC sent a letter to the ministry saying that it is not possible to block Facebook as it is used by all, said Shyam Sunder.

The opinion of the BTRC will be sent to the Cabinet Division on Tuesday, he said.

During the DCs’ conference last year, the deputy commissioner’s discussed the use of Facebook by students after 12 am which hampers their academic activities.


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