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Bangladesh lifts ban from social media

After the security mission came to an end, Bangladesh lifted the ban imposed on all social networking platforms, the media reported on Monday.

Bangladeshi State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim confirmed the government’s decision to Xinhua news agency.

The decision to lift ban on all social media platforms came hours after the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s (BTRC) new instruction to block three more online voice and messaging services — Twitter, Skype, imo.

The BTRC on Sunday night asked all of the country’s cell phone operators and telecom service providers to suspend the three popular services — Twitter, Skype, imo — immediately.

“All social media have been opened. They are now available across Bangladesh,” Halim said.

“Directives have already been sent to the relevant authorities for taking necessary steps to unblock all social media platforms including Skype, Twitter, WhatsApp and Viber,” he said.

Following the verdicts by the country’s apex court upholding the death penalties of two influential opposition leaders — criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed — for war crimes, soon after BTRC on November 18 blocked Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber for security reasons.

BangladeshIt’s the first time in its history that the Bangladeshi government reportedly on that day also temporarily shut down the internet in the country for over an hour.

The following shutdown, largely affected businesses and services that were based on the digital networks.

Halim mentioned that,ban was imposed on the social media as per the security issues, adding to it, he said “We’ve decided to open all social media platforms as there are no more security concerns now.”

Halim earlier said Facebook and other social networking platforms will be opened after directives come from the home affairs ministry once ensuring the security concerns of the country and its people.

Earlier on Monday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal confirmed regarding the threats to Bangladesh, saying, Bangladesh is safe now.

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