Facebook blocked in Bangladesh

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    Dhaka, May 29 (bdnews24.com) — Facebook has been blocked in Bangladesh for a brief period, a senior BTRC official told bdnews24.com Saturday evening after hundreds of users reported the social networking site was down.

    The official, speaking on condition anonymity, admitted that elite crime busters RAB requested temporary closure of the site in the country.

    "Yes, it's been blocked for a while," the official told bdnews24.com at 8:50pm.

    The official would not give further details.

    Hundreds of users reported that the social networking site was down after attempting to log on from 7pm.

    More than 400m people worldwide use this social networking of which Bangladesh accounts for just over 875,000 users.

    Facebookers, as they are called, generally use this networking site to share personal details with friends.

    BTRC's chief technical officer Biplob Chakma confirmed bdnews24.com at around 9.30pm that the site was indeed blocked based on a 'memo'.

    He also said that he may be able to provide with further details about the shutdown on Sunday morning after reporting for duty.

    However, Biplob declined to reveal the identity of the authority which issued the letter.

    RAB arrested a youth from the capital early Saturday for publishing caricatures of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia.

    RAB also alleged that the youth was responsible of a number of cyber crimes using a number of fake identities.

    A number of religion-based political organisations demanded closure of the site on Friday.

    The parties that made this demand in a meeting at Muktangan include the Islami Andolan, Islami Oikkyajot and Khilafat Andolan.

    Dhaka University vice chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique said, "This is nothing unexpected. It is happening because of the irresponsible attitude of its users."

    He also urged speedy identification and trial of those who violate privacy through such technology.

    M Lutful Kabir, chairman of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology's information, communication and technology, gave bdnews24.com his initial reaction as a user.

    "If Facebook affects any group or individual or causes any social problem then the Facebook authority should be contacted right away to remove the content causing the problem."

    Regarding the much harsher measure adopted by the Bangladesh government, he said, "Such blocks may be temporary, but it would be improper to make them permanent."

    http://www.bdnews24.com/details.php?cid=2&id=162686&hb=top
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    Was not bd member Skies bitching about facebook in Pakistan and how it cannot happen in Bangladesh and if East Pakistan and West Pakistan were together the east pakistanis would rebel against West Pakistan for banning facebook.Now hope Skies becomes a bangladeshi traitor.
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    If you read the report carefully it shows that facebook is banned in Bangladesh because of caricatures of the PM and leader of the opposition and someone has been arrested in this connection. This has very little to do with religion.
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    So apparently, in this instance some Hasina or begum zia has given more protection then our Nabi. Astagfirullah........:tdown:

    Pakistan can be proud of being forefront of Islamic cause while we can't. :tdown:
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    Hi
    Nice idea if you want to get face book banned in rest of the muslim states then make fun of their leaders heheheh especially those arrogant monarchs in some Arab states
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    ab yaad aya hai BD ko ban kerna?
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    You've become blind and can not recognize your well wisher! All BD-people are not same. Why you can not tolerate contractive criticism about PK. If other Pakistani members can speak against banning of facebook in Pk and then why I can not say? cos I'm non-Paksitani?

    I just said that if we were same country then east-PK would not obey the order of west PK cos our people's thinking is different. But I did not oppose the banning Facebook in Pk.
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    This should definitely worry Bangla brothers. Where tolerance goes when it comes to rulers. :flame:
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    My advice.

    BAN FB FOR EVER.

    and do not also use other social networking websites. Time wastage.

    Want to remain in touch with friends on net???? Use messengers.
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    better late then never :tup::tup:
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    Well if this is the reason for banning FB then shame to BD govt. They really are retards. Now I understand why some of our Bengali brothers hate Awami League.

    :angry:
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    LOL! you actually made me laugh with that one. I can't believe you live in America, seriously.

    The only thing Pakistan has done is reinforce negative stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. Does a worldwide religion really need to react to a bunch of kids?

    Here's another question for you, since you're so offended by a bunch of cartoons, how come you aren't offended when someone blows himself up in the name of Islam? doesn't that hurt Islam more than a bunch of kids drawing cartoons?

    Any particular reason why there aren't any widespread protests, or bannings, or public outrage as was seen in this case? Now that would put you at the forefront of the Islamic cause.
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    cool down buddies!!!!!!!!!!! No point fighting on non-issue!
    We all are brothers.
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