Shahnaz Begum of DOT
 Bangladesh Teleco-mmunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has blocked more than 22 thousand porn and gambling sites in order to contain crimes on social media platforms, including Facebook. The BTRC made the disclosure yesterday at a press conference, reports Daily Sun.  It was informed in the conference that access to more than 22,000 porn and online gambling sites has been denied as per the directive of Post and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
 Earlier, 22,000 porn sites and 4,000 gambling sites were shut down in July last year, he added, reports Daily Jugantor.
 In late 2016, the government had started an initiative to shut down more than 500 pornographic sites, but the move eventually failed as most of those websites were found accessible just a couple of months later, reports Dhaka Tribune.
 The High Court in 2015 had directed the government to stop pornography and obscene pictures from being uploaded and shared through mobile phones and social media, including Facebook and Twitter.