Three more instant messaging and Internet calling software got blocked in Bangladesh – just one day after blocking another popular program Viber. From an unconfirmed source – I could learn that these are blocked till 21st January with an excuse of security concern.
Although officials said these will be unblocked by 21st January – but many are fearing it will not be. The government blocked Youtube earlier a couple of years back. Many other Google services were interrupted due to this block. It took a long time for the unblock that time.
Whatever the reason for the block the Government may provide – it is never accepted positively among the users. The new generation is highly dependent on these services – which are known to be famous for their free text messaging and Internet voice calls.
Skype, Google Talk (Hangout) and Facebook calling services are still running fine but many are fearing blocks might be imposed on these too.