DHAKA: The Bangladesh government had on Sunday ordered all the telecom and internet service providers in the country, to block the social networking sites Imo, Skype and Twitter. The ban over Twitter and skype comes just three days after the government unblocked social media site Facebook.
According to the sources, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) sent a letter to the mobile and broadband service operators in the country to suspend the services of Imo, Skype and Twitter with immediate effect.
Chairman of BTRC, Shahjahan Mahmood said “I had nothing to say on this issue. We just followed the instructions of the government”.
Earlier, the Bangladesh government blocked the social apps Whatsapp, Viber including Facebook after a top court rejected the petitions of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Muhajid. The two prominent opposition politicians were convicted of crimes during the liberation war of Bangladesh against Pakistan in 1971.
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Muhajid were later on executed as per the sentence awarded by the Bangladesh’s top court on November 22. Aiming to maintain peace, the government had imposed ban on viber, whatsapp and facebook three days before the convicted politicians were hanged.
Though the government released Facebook from the list of banned apps on December 10, Whatsapp and other popular social sites are yet to be released from the blockage.