Govt moves to directly regulate social media after September

MNA Editorial Desk: No one will be able to use or publish information on social media on a whim as the government will get the ability to directly regulate all contents published on social media after September.

Posts and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar gave the information while addressing an event on Saturday at Dhaka’s Shilpakala Academy organised by the Awami League to commemorate its 70th founding anniversary, reports

However, the minister mentioned that the government has no intention to curb a citizen’s freedom of expression and the only aim of the move is to stop the spread of dubious information on social media, including Facebook and Youtube.

Jabbar said the government lacked the power to control posts on Facebook and YouTube, which was a matter of concern for the authorities, despite having the ability to regulate other websites.

“The problem is when a status is put up or a video is published on Facebook, there are no immediate recourses to regulate it,” he said

“This is because, mainly in the case of Facebook or YouTube, these are American companies. These platforms enforce the American community standard guidelines. We can’t directly intervene as a result,” Jabbar explained.

He continued, “The good news is that after the month of September, we will have the ability to directly intervene. Therefore, no-one will be able to use or publish information on social media on a whim.”


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