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Facebook wouldn’t be blocked: Tarana

DHAKA, April 4, 2017 (BSS) - State minister for posts and telecommunications Tarana Halim today assured the popular social networking site Facebook would not be blocked for any hour in the country.

"We will not block the Facebook and the government didn't take any decision in this regard," she firmly announced at a press conference in the afternoon at her ministry office.

The state minister cleared the position against the backdrop of media report that said the government mulls to block the Facebook from 12 midnight to 6am every day.

Mentioning the posts and telecommunications division today sent the opinion of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) regarding the issue to cabinet division, Tarana said technically it's not possible to regulate the facebook for a certain period.

Terming the seeking opinion from the cabinet division as a routine work, the state minister said they just did routine work that doesn't mean the decision has been taken.

"This government has shown people how to use social media, including Facebook. So, it will not take such moves which will bar the way of digitization," said Tarana Halim.

Posts and Telecommunications Division Secretary Shyam Sundar Shikder was present.

The cabinet division in a letter sought BTRC opinions in blocking Facebook from 12 midnight to 6 am referring to a suggestion of a deputy commissioners' conference last year, that saying the site appeared to be affecting student studies and dimming working capabilities.

BTRC proposed a set of measures to control Facebook uses by student and youths. The first of the four BTRC suggestions sought to enforce security and privacy features, including parental control to restrict students' engagement in Facebook and mobile or internet.

The second proposal suggested guardians to open separate accounts for their underage children in the internet.

"Steps could be taken for enhanced awareness in educational institutions and media about the necessity of proper and positive uses of Facebook and Internet," the third BTRC proposal read.

The regulatory authority, however, stressed intensive parental motivation for their children saying it could be the most fruitful step for proper use of Facebook, mobile phone and internet.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)