State minister for information Tarana Halim on Wednesday said that the government had taken an initiative to set up a monitoring cell ahead of the next general election to identify rumours on social networking sites.
The Rumour Identification and Removal Centre would be in operation 24 hours round the clock at the PID section of information ministry from this month, she told reporters at the secretariat.
The cell would continuously monitor different social networking sites and would inform local media through a press release within three hours if any rumour was found, she added. ‘The cell will also inform the media about the truth,’ she said.
The state minister also said that seven experts would be appointed to work in each shift.
‘Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat has opened a publicity cell in London and are spreading rumours from 300 websites,’ she informed.
Replying to a question, the minister said that the cell would be opened to raise awareness among people.
Referring to the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, Tarana said that Bangabandhu-1, the country’s first ever communications satellite, had made its debut with the live coverage of the South Asian Football Federation Championship 2018 on BTV.
Besides, a letter was sent to the private television channels requesting them to use Bangabandhu-1 as it was capable of providing the service, she added.