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Dhaka's proposal on social media accountability gets highest importance

May 26, 2023 00:00:00

Bangladesh's proposal for enhancing responsibility in social media got the highest importance in the declaration paper 'Bali Memora-ndum of Understanding (MOU)' of the 18th Asia Media Summit-2023 that concluded on Wednesday night in Bali, Indonesia, reports BSS.

Information and Broad-casting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud gave the proposal at the three-day summit organised by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) from May 23 to 25, said a press release.

More than 500 representatives from 40 Asia Pacific countries joined the summit while leaders of the AIBD member countries pledged in the 'Bali MoU' to undertake various steps to face challenges triggered by spreading wrong, misleading and false information through the social media.

Addressing the minister-level session at the inaugural function of the summit, Dr Hasan said, "The explosion of social media has changed our lives a lot. This change has come to society, the world and the life of everyone".

Mentioning that Bangla-desh is no exception to this, he said, "In the last decade and a half, the media has expanded extensively in our country under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In addition, the spread of social media has brought many changes in public life".

Since independent, transparent and responsible media is conducive to development of democracy and economic uplift, the information minister said it is also imperative to uphold the values of accuracy and integrity of information in the social media.

"Through this media, wrong or untrue information can spread in a moment and disrupt the lives of individuals and people since there are many examples of this in countries," said Dr Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.

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