12:00 AM, December 21, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 21, 2018

BNP website blocked over 'distasteful' content

The BNP's official website -- www.bnpbangladesh.com -- was blocked last week as it contained “distasteful” content, said the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday evening in an e-mail to the Election Commission.

Following a written complaint from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the main opposition party, to the EC, the commission on Monday asked the telecom regulator to take necessary action regarding the complaint.

In reply, the BTRC yesterday said the website was blocked as it contained a lot of contents that went against the law and order of the country. They also requested the EC to reconsider their order to unblock the site again.

“Two intelligence agencies also requested the telecom watchdog to block the site and that's why we went for it,” reads the BTRC email.

BTRC's Acting Chairman Md Jahurul Haque acknowledged to The Daily Star that the email was sent and said if they would comply with any EC directive.

Officials related with the process said following the EC letter, the telecom regulator contacted a very high powered committee which didn't give the green signal to unblock the site.

Earlier on December 12, BNP sent a letter, signed by its standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, informing the EC about the blocking and requesting them to take action to unblock it.


Facebook removed nine Facebook pages and six Facebook accounts for “engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior” from their platform, they said in a blog post yesterday.

The social media giant's local communication agent said they were not sure about moderators of the pages but all of them contained political contents.

“Through our investigation, which began in part based on a tip from Graphika, a threat intelligence company that we work with, we discovered that these Pages were designed to look like independent news outlets and posted pro-government and anti-opposition content,” reads the post.

“Our investigation indicates that this activity is linked to individuals associated with the Bangladesh government. This kind of behavior is not allowed on Facebook under our misrepresentation policy because we don't want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they're doing.”

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