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Nahid: Nobody said we'd close Facebook

  • Published at 09:09 pm January 28th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:17 pm January 28th, 2018
Nahid: Nobody said we'd close Facebook
The education minister has told parliament that his ministry does not plan to shut down social media platform Facebook to prevent question paper leaks. The ministry has no power to shut down Facebook, but it will talk to the telecom regulatory body to see if they can restrict the website temporarily, Nurul Islam Nahid said on the floor on Sunday. He said they had spoken to Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC). “They have promised to help. They can help in other ways than just shutting it down. They told me question papers are leaked in various ways, and they are looking at options to respond to this,” Nahid said. “The BTRC will deploy people and notify us immediately if they see anything. They will help police take action.”
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The minister added: “We are not planning to do anything that disrupts people's lives. We are only trying to prevent crime.” The minister said question papers for public exams had in the past been leaked from the government press. “We took steps, and that stopped. But the SSC exam takes 45 days, HSC 75 days. It is difficult to keep questions safe this long,” he said. “When we send the question papers to school, some teachers open them up before distribution and send it to others over Facebook and social media with modern mobile phones. We said we have to control this,” the minister added. “BTRC will consider what steps can be taken for limited amounts of time. We have talked about these sort of actions because criminals are using this media to perpetrate these crimes,” he said. Last Tuesday, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said at a press briefing at the Secretariat that Facebook will remain closed during the SSC exams. “We will consult the BTRC and the Information and Communication Technology Division in this regard,” he said. This article was first published on banglatribune.com
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