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Bangladesh follows Pak; Bans Facebook

Dhaka: After Pakistan, Bangladesh has now blocked social networking site Facebook for hosting pages featuring blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammad and “obnoxious” images of the country’s leaders.

No official announcement was made yet on the decision but the Daily Star newspaper quoted an unnamed Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission official as saying that “part of the reason (of blocking the network) is the posting of some anti-religious and porn links by users across the globe”.

“We have blocked all access to Facebook temporarily.”

It was done in line with a decision of government high-ups, the official said, adding some users had posted anti-Islamic content about Prophet Mohammad, which the government took seriously.

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