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Bangladesh Bans Skype and Twitter

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The Bangladesh Government has ordered the country's local mobile network operators to block the use of messaging and social media services Skype, Imo, Twitter along side Viber, WhatsApp, Line, Tango, Hangout, Comoyo and ustream.tv.

A note from the telecoms regulator, the BTRC sent to the mobile networks ordered that the restrictions come into effect immediately.

Grameenphone said that the restrictions would be temporary, but was unable to say how long the ban would last.

The government routinely orders the mobile networks to bar the services, although the block is often removed a few days later. It only recently unblocked access to Facebook, having barred access to the website for three weeks.

The reason for the latest ban was not clarified.

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