US media outlet The Intercept has published a list of banned organizations and individuals on Facebook based on allegations of hate, violence and terrorism. The name of this secret list is Dangerous Persons and Organizations (DIO). This huge list of five categories includes more than four thousand individuals, organizations and groups. It contains the names of several organizations and individuals related to Bangladesh.
Five categories on Facebook’s list; hate, armed social movements, violent non-state organizations, crime and terrorism. The list includes organizations known as extremists with different religions and ideologies, as well as politicians, activists, writers, separatist organizations and members of hateful music groups.
The list includes numerous organizations, including all the major extremist organizations in the world. This includes al-Qaeda’s central command and its regional branches, including ISIS, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and the Al Nusra Front. There are also Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, India and Pakistan and various South Asian organizations. There are names of extremist Sikh and Buddhist organizations in India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Western white supremacist organizations include the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the United States and the British Defense League in the United Kingdom, as well as many European and American organizations and forces.
Al-Mursalat Media is on the terrorist list. However, it is linked to the Islamic State (IS) operating in Bangladesh and India. There is Harkatul Jihad Al Islami Bangladesh and Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh. The first group is said to be linked to al-Qaeda’s central command.
Also included in the list are Jemaah Islamia based in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, and Saham al-Hind media, which is affiliated with the central command of al-Qaeda. It is listed as the media wing of al-Qaeda. Also on the list is Tariqul Islam, a member of the Bangladeshi Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen. Abdul Rauf Abu Zahid Mohammad Hamza and Fazlur Rahman Khalil from Harkatul Mujahideen are said to be associated with Ansar Al Islam.
According to The Intercept, most of the list is made up of right-wing anti-government militias, which are almost entirely white. The list also includes religious and separatist groups from neighboring India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
Experts have long called for the list to be posted on Facebook, but the company said it would put its employees at risk. But the company’s own supervisory board recommended that the list be published in the public interest.
Faiza Patel, co-director of the Freedom and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, said Facebook is putting users in a difficult position. They say posts about dangerous organizations and individuals cannot be posted, but any organization or person Facebook considers dangerous is not officially disclosed.
According to Facebook’s Dangerous Persons and Organizations Policy, no user of the channel will be able to write anything in favor or in favor of these individuals or groups.
Brian Fishman, Facebook’s director of counterterrorism and dangerous organizations policy, tweeted: “The company is keeping this list secret because it’s a hostile domain. We don’t want terrorists, hate groups and criminal organizations on this platform.
According to the report, 53.6 percent of Facebook’s blacklists are linked to terrorism, 23.3 percent to armed social movements, 18 percent to hate speech, 4.9 percent to criminal activities and 1 percent to violence.
Commander Khandaker Al Moin, Director of the RAB Legal and Media Branch, said, “We are working on propaganda and various cybercrime on Facebook. We have a tracking cell and a verification cell. The monitoring cell looks at cybercrime. Rumors or any information from the verification cell is verified. If we need information, we ask Facebook’s help via BTRC. If Facebook detects and blocks a suspicious identity or page, it’s up to them.’