Sri Lanka Blocks Social Media After Attacks
Fake news and fears of further violence following yesterday’s terror attacks prompted Sri Lankan authorities to restrict access to Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber and YouTube. Facebook in particular has been blamed for inciting sectarian violence there last year. In a statement, a spokesman for the platform said local communities “rely on our services,” and that Facebook is cooperating with authorities by removing offensive content.
How long will these restrictions last? Officials have not given any indication of when the ban will be lifted, although they maintain it’s temporary.
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