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Bangladesh lifts ban on Facebook

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has ordered the country’s international internet gateway providers to unblock Facebook after the US-based social networking company agreed to remove the “obnoxious” images and content from the site.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has ordered the country’s international internet gateway providers to unblock Facebook after the US-based social networking company agreed to remove the “obnoxious” images and content from the site.

“We are satisfied with the removal of offensive items by Facebook team. And now it’s again open for all,” Zia Ahmed, chairman, BTRC, has said. Ahmed has however added that Bangladesh will “strongly monitor the postings on the site”.

Access to Facebook was recently blocked in Bangladesh because a page on the social networking site was encouraging users to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. BTRC had also said that some links in Facebook contained “obnoxious” images of the country’s leaders including the Prime Minister.

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