Popular social media platforms Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber have been blocked in the country since last Wednesday. Supreme Court lawyer Cumar Debul Dey sent a legal notice to the Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministry Secretary, to lift the ban on social media within 24 hours. The notice claimed that the secretary will face legal consequences if the ban is not lifted.
It was stated in the notice that after an administrative directive, Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and other social media platforms were blocked by the government. But this decision violates the rights to information act and section 39 of the constitution.
On the other hand, Post and Telecommunication State Minister Tarana Halim recently said that for the sake of security, social media has been temporarily blocked, and until the safety of people in ensured, social media will remain banned in the country.
It should be noted that the government took the decision to ban social media on 18th November. The directive was implemented on that same day by the mobile phone operators and internet service providers. However, many users are still using social media with the help of proxy sites.
The State Minister said that those using social media through different means are being monitored. Hence, even if anyone wants, they cannot create any chaos in the country.