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28 social media accounts, news portals sued
Cyber unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police has prosecuted 28 social media and online news outlets under controversial Section 57 of Information and Communication Technology Act for instigating students during ongoing protest demanding road safety.
Police in the First Information Report also said that the accounts of those who liked, shared and posted comments were prosecuted for twisting the demands of innocent students and causing anarchy.
Assistant sub-inspector Yasin Mian of social media monitoring team of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime filed the complaint with Ramna Police Station on August 2, accusing 28 account holders of twitter, facebook, youtube and news portals including zoombangla.
Zoombangla editor Mahmudul Hasan could not be communicated as he was admitted to hospital following chest pain on Friday.
All of the postings are related to recent student protests that began on July 29.
Police claimed that these social media accounts spread ‘false’ information with photo and video to instigate the students.
Andolonews was also prosecuted for spreading propaganda and each of its posts was found liked, shared and commented by hundreds of thousands people.
‘We don’t want anyone to abuse the students’ sentiments,’ said Najmul Islam, an additional deputy commissioner of the cyber security team.