Although the government on Thursday lifted its restriction on popular social network site Facebook after 22 days, it has remained watchful on other social networking sites including Viber and WhatsApp for security concerns.
Officials said the government is unlikely to unblock the rest of social network sites shortly.
“The other apps have been kept blocked as all of them cannot be monitored or located. The government will take decision over unblocking the social media platforms at a later time, considering security situation,” home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told Prothom Alo on Thursday evening.
State minister for posts and telecommunications Tarana Halim echoed the home minister. “Other apps will be unblocked only when there will be no security threats.”
The government lifted the restriction on the use of Facebook in the country around 1:30pm on Thursday after 22 days.
State minister for information and communication technology (ICT) division Zunaid Ahmed Palak confirmed this to Prothom Alo.
On 18 November, the government closed operations of several social network services, including Facebook, Viber, WhatsApp, Messenger, Line, Tango, and Hangouts, in the country on security grounds.
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