HC orders removal of “fake news” from Facebook and YouTube

The High Court (HC) on Tuesday ordered relevant authorities to remove from Facebook and YouTube six ‘false’ news reports and video links containing provocative content that creates disorder in public life, along with measures to stop the dissemination of such content .

The HC Bench consisting of Judge Md Khasruzzaman and Judge Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order after hearing a written motion regarding the matter.

Two government agencies, the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and the Digital Security Agency, were asked to submit a report within two weeks in this regard.

At the same time, HC has ordered an accountability strategy in accordance with relevant laws, to verify the authenticity of all news and videos posted on Facebook and YouTube.

Attorney Munshi Moniruzzaman and Arafat Hossain Khan appeared for the court order motion while Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar represented the state.

On August 21, Lawyer Arafat Hossain Khan, on behalf of Lawyer Nilufar Anjum and Lawyer Ashraful Islam, served a legal notice to these two social media authorities (Facebook-YouTube) as well as government agencies competent to remove six fake video links from the social network. Platform.

On August 25, having received no response, Attorney Nilufar Anjum and Attorney Ashraful Islam filed a written request with the HC for instructions on the matter.

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Facebook and YouTube Bangladesh Public Policy Chief Shabnaz Rashid Dia, Chairman of BTRC, Director General of Digital Security Agency and Inspector General of Police (IGP) were respondents.

According to the written request, relevant authorities failed to monitor and control provocative and false content posted on social media that threatens state sovereignty and security and the order of public life.

This misleading information tarnishes the image of state organs, which is a violation of the Constitution, the Bangladesh Telecommunications Act, the Digital Security Act (DSA) and the Information Technology Act. information and communication (ICT).

The brief also said that Facebook and YouTube have recently been found not fully adhering to their surveillance strategy, especially in Bangladesh.

Such actions are taken to portray Bangladesh as a failed state to the international community, creating instability in the country, he added.

The brief claimed that ignoring BTRC and DSA’s clear policy and recent Facebook-YouTube regulation was spreading false news against their own policy and creating violence and unrest.

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