The decision to lift ban on all social media platforms came hours after the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission's (BTRC) new instruction to block three more online voice and messaging services - Twitter, Skype, imo – on Sunday night. The BTRC on Sunday night asked all of the country's cell phone operators and telecom service providers to suspend these services.

"All social media have been opened. They are now available across Bangladesh," Halim said. "Directives have already been sent to the relevant authorities for taking necessary steps to unblock all social media platforms including Skype, Twitter, WhatsApp and Viber," he said.

BTRC on November 18 blocked Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber for security reasons shortly after the country's apex court delivered verdicts upholding the death penalties of two influential opposition leaders - Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed - for war crimes.

For the first time in its history, the Bangladeshi government reportedly on that day also temporarily shut down the internet in the country for over an hour. Ban on the social media have been imposed on security grounds, Halim said, adding, "We've decided to open all social media platforms as there are no more security concerns now."

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