Bangladesh blocks Fb and chat apps to cease 'crimes'

Bangladesh blocks Facebook and chat apps to stop 'crimes'

To name issues tense in Bangladesh can be an understatement: the nation just lately executed two excessive-profile leaders for many years-previous conflict crimes, and ISIS (aka Daesh) claims to have killed an Italian priest. Nevertheless, its authorities might have gone overboard in trying to silence this unrest. The nation’s officers have blocked Fb and a number of chat apps (together with Fb Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber) on the grounds that they are getting used to “perform crimes.” Simply what these actions are is not clear, however Bangladesh silenced messaging apps earlier this yr to discourage protests. It would not be shocking if officers are as soon as once more treating on-line censorship as a nationwide safety software — reduce the web chatter and the protesters (each for and towards executions) probably go away.

It won’t be very efficient. On-the-floor stories recommend that web suppliers aren’t constant in how they implement the order, with some social providers remaining on-line relying in your ISP of selection. To prime it off, it is comparatively straightforward to dodge the ban — that is extra more likely to harm Bangladeshis content material to remain at house than motivated activists. Nevertheless nicely this blocking works, it is clear that Bangladesh has taken some cues from Turkey’s knee-jerk strategy to quashing political dissent.

[Image credit: AP Photo]

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