The government of Bangladesh lifted its recent ban on Facebook Thursday, Reuters reported.
The ban was instituted three weeks ago on Nov. 18 as the country’s authorities sought to minimize protests and terrorist activities that were expected to follow a Supreme Court ruling upholding the death penalty for two opposition leaders.
Four days after the ban was put in place, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed were hanged for war crimes committed during the country’s battle for independence in 1971.
Facebook was just one of several social media and messaging services to be banned in advance of the execution, but so far has been the only service to be reinstated. Other blocked services include WhatsApp and Viber.
Tarana Halim, Bangladesh’s minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, said the ban on the other messaging services will remain in place for the time being.
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