Facebook, Bangladesh to meet for cyber security deal
Tribune Report

Facebook authorities have agreed to meet with Bangladesh government to discuss a deal that would ensure better cyber security measures in the country.

“On Monday, I sent a letter to Facebook showing our interest to sign a deal that will help them ensure cyber security, especially in stopping violence against women. They responded positively and showed their interest to sit with us,” Tarana Halim, state minister for post and telecommunications, told the Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.

The response from Facebook comes at a time when the social networking platform is suspended in Bangladesh based on security grounds.

“I have repeatedly raised the issues, especially about violence against women through Facebook, in different platforms. Hundreds of women are being victimised everyday, which is alarming for our society and country. But we did not get any positive feedback from authorities concerned,”  Tarana said.

The response finally came yesterday as Facebook's public policy director for India and South Asia, Akhi Das, replied to the state minister's email, agreeing to sit with the Bangladesh government.

Akhi Das would be invited to Dhaka, State Minister Tarana said, adding that the meeting might take place on December 6 or 7.

Around 18 million Facebook users in Bangladesh have been without the services of the social networking site since the Supreme Court rejected review petitions by war criminals SQ Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid on November 18. Citing security reasons, the government also blocked social networking platforms Whatsapp and Viber.

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