Bangladesh blocks cellular messaging apps to thwart protests

Bangladesh blocks mobile messaging apps to thwart protests

Nations are sometimes tempted to dam cellular messaging apps when protests or riots flare up, and Bangladesh simply gave in to that urge. The nation has blocked two well-liked providers, Tango and Viber, on the grounds that anti-authorities protesters (a few of whom have turned violent) are utilizing these chat shoppers to coordinate their actions. Officers say the bans will final “in the intervening time,” which means that locals should not get their hopes up for a reprieve — it won’t let up until the demonstrations come to an finish.

Whether or not or not that is efficient is one other matter. It should not be arduous for these political opponents to seek out options to Tango or Viber (WhatsApp involves thoughts). Additionally, censorship of social apps tends to impress resistance moderately than break it down — whether or not or not the protesters are backing a very good trigger, they could see messaging blackouts as proof that they are preventing injustices.

[Image credit: AP Photo/A.M. Ahad]

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