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VOL 23 NO 60 REGD NO DA 1589 | Dhaka, Sunday, January 10 2016
Posted : 10 Jan, 2016 20:54:18 AA-A+
Facebook recruits Bangla expert to monitor posts
Facebook recruits Bangla expert to monitor posts

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Sunday said, Facebook recruited a Bangla language expert to spot any objectionable post on its platform in Bangla and delete it without delay.

Her division asked Facebook's management to take steps to check growing threats and intimidation, harassment and personal attacks by using the social media platform in Bangladesh.

"They have now informed us about their appointment of a Bangla language expert, when we reiterated our request for steps to check the problems," Tarana said.

She said Facebook management was for a long time not giving enough importance to their complaints.

"They did not understand which words and expressions were objectionable. Recently, our complaints over objectionable words and expressions were twice overlooked by them," she said. "Now they have informed us about appointing a Bangla language translator.” She said that it would now be easy for them to identify the objectionable words and expressions used on Facebook. “That should help them delete anything objectionable."

Tarana Halim said she is all set for another meeting with Facebook management in Singapore on Jan 12. Cyber security and problems faced on Facebook by women will figure high on the agenda for the talks, she said. She had written on Nov 30 to the Facebook management for discussing the problems faced in Bangladesh in the way the social media platform was misused.

On December 12, Facebook representatives arrived in Dhaka and met several ministers and senior officials of the Bangladesh government for a detailed discussion at the Home Ministry, according to -Mithun

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