Rajshahi Cyber Tribunal suggests Facebook adopt policies befitting Bangladesh
Cyber tribunal of Rajshahi today suggested that Facebook adopt policies compatible with Bangladesh's social system, Ismat Ara, the public prosecutor of the court said.
The "important observation regarding Facebook" came while the tribunal judge Ziaur Rahman was delivering a verdict against an accused Akter Hossain (45) of Shingra in Natore district, said Ismat.
The tribunal convicted Akter Hossain under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act of 2006 for publishing fake, obscene, and defaming information and photographs of the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Indian former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in September 2015.
The court sentenced Akter to seven years' rigorous imprisonment and fined him Tk 1 lakh, in default of which, he has to serve three months more in jail.
In its observation before arriving at the judgment, the court said that Bangladesh's social values, people's beliefs, religious habits, culture, interrelationships, and social customs are completely different from other countries. Therefore, Facebook should adopt policies that suit the culture and habits of its users in Bangladesh.
The tribunal made three recommendations:
1. Facebook should play a significant role in preventing fake IDs
2. Facebook should improve security so that photos and videos of women and children cannot be downloaded without their permission.
3. Prompt detection and removal of any content that might offend one's religious values.
The court suggested that educational content be created to prevent cyberbullying. It also requested that Facebook create and share content on how to become a responsible netizen.
It observed that the cyber world cannot be denied, while also requesting that Facebook play a more effective role in preventing cyberbullying.