Bangladesh blocks Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber for ‘security reasons’

After the Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld the ruling to award death penalty to two opposition leaders, the Bangladeshi government has embarked on a state censorship drive. It has blocked user access to six social apps, Facebook, Messenger, Line, WhatsApp, Viber, and Tango, citing security reason.

However, this is not the first time that social networking sites have been blocked in the country. In 2010, Bangladesh put a similar temporary ban on Facebook.

Despite the web censorship, people are still accessing the blocked sites. A number of Twitter feeds and Facebook posts are showing netizens how to circumvent the ban by using proxy/VPN servers.

The Internet users of Bangladesh are however, not happy with the government blockage.

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