Facebook unblocks some Bangladesh accounts

Staff Correspondent | Update:

Some of the blocked Facebook users have been given access to their accounts in the past few days, according to the social media site and users.

The Facebook authorities unblocked the accounts days after it had shut many of its accounts in the country.

In a statement issued on 12 April, the Facebook authorities said it has considered a 'spam operation' to confront 'fake accounts'.

The Facebook came up with the move to restrain 'fake likes' from some nations including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, it added.

And yet no government agencies in Bangladesh could provide exact numbers of the unblocked accounts in the country.

One Facebook user, Mizanur Rahman, whose account was blocked days ago under the Facebook's 'spam operation', said he now can use his previously blocked account.

"I appealed to Facebook following the prescribed rules and shared my national ID's information with the authorities. Now it has been reopened for use."

According to the government information, there are 23 million Fancebook users in the country. Almost 99 per cent of social media users have Facebook accounts.

Deputy inspector general of Bangladesh Police Md Moniruzzaman said the police tried to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Facebook in this regard.

After a recent discussion with Facebook authorities, the police opened a 'desk' relating to facebook issues. The 'desk' is now regularly communicating with Facebook authorities, he added.

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