Bangladesh mulls to suspend services of Facebook, YouTube

A Bangladeshi minister on Sunday said that the country would temporarily suspend services on Facebook and YouTube if they don't obey government instructions to control "disinformation."

The country's Liberation War Affairs Minister and Chairman of Cabinet Committee on Law and Order AKM Mozammel Haque told media after a meeting of the committee, the national news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) reported.

Highlighting the decisions of the meeting, he said that the social media platforms are not sincere about the government's recommendations on various issues.

As their head offices are not in Bangladesh, it has become difficult for the government to check rumors and control cybercrimes in the platforms, he added.

The minister said the platforms will be informed about their noncompliance and then, if they don't comply, the government might resort to advertising in the newspaper mentioning their noncompliance before taking any action.

He said the public notices will be served to the media giants so that they can't complain about curbing their rights and thus, the government won't be held responsible.