Bangladesh Government blocked social media platform on security grounds

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Who: Bangladesh Government
What: Blocked social media platforms
When: 18 November 2015
Why: For security reasons

The Bangladesh Government on 18 November 2015 blocked popular social media platform Facebook and online messaging and calling services WhatsApp and Viber on security grounds.

Following this, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) issued a letter to different telecom operators and all Internet Service Providers asking them to stop the services immediately.

The order came following the Supreme Court verdict of death penalty to war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid. As per Dhaka Metropolitan Police, services were blocked as criminals often use these services to plan and carry out subversive acts.

The blocking of social media is not a new phenomenon in Bangladesh. On 18 January 2015, the BTRC blocked WhatsApp, Viber, Mypeople, Line and Tango across the country for security reasons. The apps were unblocked after four days.