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.
Is the #Bangladesh ban on #Facebook and other social-media tools effecting your social & business life?
— Bangladesh News 24 (@bdnews24) November 21, 2015
Day 5 of the Facebook ban in Bangladesh, and the government is using Facebook to talk about satellites + oranges. pic.twitter.com/Tvw0UsR6bd
— Zara Rahman (@zararah) November 22, 2015
Due to temporary ban of #Facebook in #Bangladesh I have realized how much my mobile phone's battery life is performing better then before !?
— Md Rakib Uddin (@rakibsayz) November 23, 2015