Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of growth of social media users among developing countries. The total number of mobile phone subscriptions in Bangladesh has reached 129.584 million and total number of internet subscribers has reached 67.245 million at the end of February 2017 (BTRC). Over 16 million people and counting are users of Facebook.
Approximately, the rate of new Facebook users is outpacing the country’s birth rate as one new Facebook account is being opened in Bangladesh in every 20 seconds! Access to Information (a2i) Programme conducted a study on the uses of ICTs across the
country, during the Digital Innovation Fair 2017. Study revealed that 93% respondents use social media and 94% of them use Facebook among all social media network. Thus, it seems Facebook is more accepted and widely used tool among all the other social media. In Bangladesh, About 5000 government offices and about 2.5 million citizens are engaged in Facebook. More than 11000 government officers are now engaged through a Facebook group named ‘Public Service Innovation Bangladesh’ and more than 1000, ‘Citizens Journalists’ are connected with the District Administration. All Secretaries are involved in the ‘Secretary’
Facebook group. All 64 Deputy Commissioners’ Offices are active in social media and they organize Social Media Shonglap (Dialogue) in every alternative month.