The High Court (HC) has directed the authorities concerned to remove six links of fake news, photos and videos on YouTube and Facebook, tarnishing the image of the country, nation, intellectuals and important personalities.
Justice Md. Justice Md. Khasruzzaman and Justice Md. The HC bench of Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order on Thursday.
At the same time, the court issued a rule asking why the inaction of the authorities to remove provocative videos that tarnish the country's reputation would not be illegal.
Advocate Munshi Moniruzzaman, Advocate Yusuf Khan and Barrister Arafat Hossain Khan stood for the writ petitioner. Assistant Attorney General Selim Azad stood for the state.
The court has been asked to submit a report on the implementation of the order to the court within two weeks.
Earlier on August 21, Supreme Court lawyer Nilufar Anjum and Dhaka Judge's Court lawyer Md Mahbubur Rahman were present. Advocate Arafat Hossain Khan sent a legal notice on behalf of Ashraful Islam.
The notice was sent to the Post and Telecommunications and Information Technology Secretary, Information and Communication Technology Secretary, Security Services Division Secretary, BTRC, BTRC Chairman, Inspector General of Police, Director General of Digital Security Agency, YouTube LLC, Meta Platform, Inc (Facebook), Meta Platform (Facebook) Bangladesh Head of Public Policy Shabnaz Rashid Dia.
In the last few years, online social media users, viewers and subscribers have increased in Bangladesh. But Facebook and YouTube have not implemented their supervisory mechanism or control over the content in Bangladesh. Where fake news, pictures, videos are being circulated from YouTube and Facebook at home and abroad, tarnishing the image of the country, nation, intellectuals, important personalities.
In such a situation, fake news is being spread through Facebook and YouTube without any fact check due to lack of policy. It's from Bangladesh.
Violation of Sections 64, 97A of the Telecommunication Act, 8 and 25 of the Digital Security Act, Section 46 of the ICT Act and Articles 27, 31, 39 of the Constitution. Bass.
The notice also mentions links to some of the fake information circulated on Facebook.
Necessary steps have been taken to block and remove these links immediately, monitor the activities of YouTube and Facebook, submit regular reports according to the law and create a mechanism of accountability according to the law regarding the verification of all news posts and video links online. They filed a writ petition as they did not take action in the light of the netish.