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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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  • Pyroflea
    The Islamic countries react like this to unimportant little issues like this, and then wonder why they're the center of attention when it comes to insulting groups of people. Like c'mon, you don't see people threatening to blow up cities for drawing Jesus or Moses.
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  • seriousazn
    PyrofleaThe Islamic countries react like this to unimportant little issues like this, and then wonder why they're the center of attention when it comes to insulting groups of people. Like c'mon, you don't see people threatening to blow up cities for drawing Jesus or Moses.I agree that they overreact, but a lil fyi...it's against their religion to draw Mohammad, so a more appropriate thing to compare that to would be...burning a bible?
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  • mlopinto2k1
    Someone has the right idea. The spread of slander on Facebook is unimaginable. It has a grip on the youth of our society. A playground of hatred brewing more hatred. Freedom of speech is taken a little out of context with this crap. How on earth can a parent keep track of every text, tweet, or Facebook update? I'll tell you what. If my child (I don't have one... YET) was on Facebook texting FTW, WTF, etc... it would be on like Donkey Kong.
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  • smithereen
    And... gay marriage is against against conservative Christians' religions, so it'd be totally cool if any Christian-majority censored their media like that. Oh wait...
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  • eklipz330
    PyrofleaThe Islamic countries react like this to unimportant little issues like this, and then wonder why they're the center of attention when it comes to insulting groups of people. Like c'mon, you don't see people threatening to blow up cities for drawing Jesus or Moses.when you attack black people, they call it racism. When you attack Jewish people, they call it anti semitism. When you attack women, they call it sexism. When you attack homosexuality, they call it intolerance. When you attack your country,they call it treason. When you attack a religious sect, they call it...hate speech. But when they attack the Prophet (PBUH), they want to call it freedom of speech.

    Yeah i'm a muslim. Have some respect. People can avoid situations liek this easily by NOT drawing him. It's not like it's getting in people's way. People are ignorant.
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  • w1zz4
    Please, put a Muhammad image on every website!!!
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  • eklipz330
    w1zz4Please, put a Muhammad image on every website!!!see what i'm talking about?
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  • Dirtman73
    Bangladesh has the right idea, but for the wrong reason...

    Here's hoping other countries ban Facebook too, but only because it sucks. USA next please?
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  • ElysianMerc
    eklipz330when you attack black people, they call it racism. When you attack Jewish people, they call it anti semitism. When you attack women, they call it sexism. When you attack homosexuality, they call it intolerance. When you attack your country,they call it treason. When you attack a religious sect, they call it...hate speech. But when they attack the Prophet (PBUH), they want to call it freedom of speech.Yeah i'm a muslim. Have some respect. People can avoid situations liek this easily by NOT drawing him. It's not like it's getting in people's way. People are ignorant.
    Threatening people's lives is in no way a proper response to a sacrilegious comment.
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  • cielmerlion
    Wow Toms is slipping. You guys realize that the ban has already been lifted right? It was lifted before you even put the article up. Seriously.
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