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Bangladesh Elections: Facebook stopping fake news spread

UNFAIR PLAY:The social media giant removed several pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets which were created by Bangladeshis with government ties

AP, DHAKA

The top editor at bdnews24.com, told the AP that he was aware of multiple fake sites for his outlet, and had contacted regulatory and law enforcement agencies to get them closed.

However, “nothing happened,” Toufique Imrose Khalidi said.

“There are other clone sites for bdnews24.com. Our readers get confused and we lose revenue because they think these are real,” he said.

Sabir Mustafa, editor of the BBC’s Bangla-language service, said from London that other fake sites had been found in the past, but were shut down after the BBC notified Facebook, or the domains where the Web sites operated.

“Whenever we find a fake BBC Bangla Facebook page, we report it and they are removed,” he said.

Zakir Hossain Khan, a spokesman for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, told the AP by phone that it was regularly in touch with Facebook for anything that could “destabilize the public order,” but it had received no recent complaints.

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