Bangladesh prepares to suppress ‘digital opium’ of social networks

DHAKA: Bangladesh wishes to limit the amount of time its youths spend on social networks, an official said Thursday, flagging plans to curb access to apps it considers “digital opium”.

The telecoms regulator blamed extreme usage of Facebook and other popular social media platforms for sidetracking tens of countless students from their studies.

“They spend hours on their mobile phones,” stated Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecoms and Regulatory Commission.

“It’s hindering their lives socially and academically,” he informed AFP, comparing social networks utilize to a “digital opium dependency”.

Like in other parts of the world, social networks usage is hugely popular amongst teenagers in Bangladesh, in spite of only half the population having access to the internet.Facebook provides access to a minimal version of its platform for totally free, enabling even the poorest of Bangladesh’s 160 million people to log onto the social networks platform.There has actually been no suggestion of authorities cracking down on Facebook, however Mahmood said the regulator was planning to raise prices to gain access to social media applications in a quote to drive down usage.He stated a difference would be made to guarantee access to academic, service and research websites was not affected. “We’ve begun preparing at the macro level about ways to carry out that,”he said.”It sounds limiting now, but in the

long run it would be practically extremely helpful for the nation, specifically for the youths.

“He also drifted the idea of introducing content filtering on young individuals’s smart devices but confessed it would be” tough “to authorities such activity.Most Bangladeshis

gain access to the internet by means of smart devices. Last month, the nation’s internet bandwidth was raised from 3G to 4G. Bangladesh imposed a three-week blackout on social networks, consisting of Facebook, in early 2015 in the middle of presentations by opposition supporters against the federal government.– AFP