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Bangladesh Bans Facebook

The AP cites officials who say following the posting of cartoon images of Muhammad and satirical images of the country's leaders, the social networking site has been temporarily banned in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked Facebook after anti-crime and anti-terrorism elite force, Rapid Action Battalion, requested a temporary ban.

RAB is said to have arrested a youth, Mahbub Alam Rodin, in Bandladesh's capital Dhaka and he has been charged with posting the satirical images on Facebook. RAB has apparently been tracking Rodin's online activity for the last year and is thought to have had seven Facebook accounts with different email addresses.

TechTree reports that though students protested the ban by taking to the streets, politicians have welcomed the move. The Bangladesh Associated Press reports that the ban was put in place because for fear the images would incite public rage.

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