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6 militant groups, one individual from Bangladesh on blacklist

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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6 militant groups, one individual from Bangladesh on blacklist

Social media giant Facebook has blacklisted the accounts of six militant organisations and an individual operating from Bangladesh.

US news organisation The Intercept has published the snapshots of the secret blacklist of Facebook containing over 4,000 individuals and organisations from across the world considered as dangerous ones.

The six Bangladeshi organisations are Al Mursalat Media and Islamic State Bangladesh, affiliated with Islamic State; Harakat ul-Jihad I Islami - Bangladesh and Ansarullah Bangla Team, affiliated with al Qaeda Central Command; Jamaat Ul Mujahideen Bangladesh; Saham al Hind Media, affiliated with Jamaat Ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB); and the individual is Tariqul Islam who is also affiliated with JMB.

The Facebook has made the list as part of its special scanning of the ‘dangerous individuals and organisations’ initiative.

“We’re yet to get any statement from Facebook. We’ll share the message after getting the feedback from the authorities concerned,” said the spokesperson for Benchmark PR, Facebook’s local public relations agency, when the Daily Sun contacted it requesting a statement about the secret list.

A community developer of Facebook in Bangladesh informed that the secret list is unofficially leaked from the social media platform. “If any Facebook user mentions or tags the names found in the blacklist, the post or account will be scanned specially under the policy standard of the company,” he said requesting not to be named.

Facebook has experienced a widespread backlash as significant numbers of secret files on public policy have been leaked in recent months.