‘Special tech’ to control Facebook

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‘Special tech’ to control Facebook
« on: May 21, 2013, 03:54:00 PM »

The government of Bangladesh is planning to apply ‘special technology’ to prevent display of ‘objectionable’ content on social networks used in the country, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said on Sunday.

 “This technology will help in keeping out offensive contents on Facebook,” he said. “So there will be no need to shut down these social networks.”

He however, did not detail how the special technology would work.

The judicial probe committee formed to investigate the violence at Ramu last year recommended control over social websites like Facebook and Twitter.

The decision to use ‘special technology’ follows from that recommendation, the minister said.

Replying to a question, Inu said the 'special technology' will be in place within two months. “Afterwards, YouTube will be opened.”

Popular video streaming site YouTube is currently off-limits in Bangladesh. Since Sept 17 last year, after an abusive video on Prophet (PBUH) was uploaded there and the site failed to expunge it leading to tensions .
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