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Facebook will not be blocked, says telecoms state minister Tarana

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-04-04 20:27:26 BdST


Minister of State for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has told the Cabinet Division that it will not be 'prudent' to block Facebook at night.

“We want to be clear: Facebook will not be blocked,” she said at a hurriedly called press conference on Tuesday. “The matter was not raised or considered.”

A letter had recently been sent from the Cabinet Division to the Telecommunications Division asking whether the social media site could be blocked from 12am to 6am for ‘the good’ of the country’s youth.

The Telecommunications Division asked telecom regulatory body BTRC for its opinion on the matter. BTRC responded that, due to technical limitations, it was not possible to isolate or block students from Facebook.

The blocking of the popular site became a matter of intense discussion after media reports revealed the possibility on Monday.