The Government should introduce new regulations to regulate cloud applications like Facebook or WhatsApp to prevent their improper use, Jathika Hela Urumaya General Secretary and Minister Champika Ranawaka said today.
He said the restrictions imposed on social media could be removed now as the tense situation was under control and the Government had taken measures to restrict access to social media to prevent the propagation of hate speech among the people considering the situation in the country.
The minister said the JHU agreed with the Government’s decision, as it was a globally followed practice in times of such situations and pointed out that following the bomb blast in Pune in India, the authorities even had to restrict mobile text messages to control Hindu-Muslim riots.
He said the survival of the world’s largest companies depended on the Internet and the majority benefited by it.
“There is no future without cloud applications such as Facebook and WhatsApp. The main feature of the 4th Technical Revolution that occurred after 2010 is the collective stream of main technologies and in the present day all technology including robotics, nano tech, quantum or satellite technology is connected with the internet,” the minister said.
He said some countries such as China had developed their own social media networks and search engines.
“As the country has not yet reached such level of development, Sri Lanka has to use the present technology, while tightening the regulations to prevent improper usage,” the minister said and added that an agile Government was needed to respond to such situations immediately so as to prevent mass scale destruction. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
Comments - 19
Eng GEB Fernando Tuesday, 13 March 2018 11:49 PM
For God's Sake treat Champika Ranawaka's comments as a Very Bad Dream !. Being an Engineer mtyself I firmly believe a good Engineer is not a good Politician, but an very destructive one. Hope you'll can read between the lines and I wish I am wrong . I suggest Campika to don the Electrical Engineers hat and do some Voluntary Work at the Ceylon Electricity Board ( CEB ) which he poorly managed and is in dire straits now. During his tenure , he appointed his cronies of the JHU, to the CEB Management Team and Approved massive Pay Packets to appease his Electrical Engineering buddies.Pray my Dream becomes an Reality. Jayawewa !
Asoka Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:33 AM
see the web site of JHU. This is racist political party. Check that web site and see what in in their dirty and poisonous minds
Premalal Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:16 AM
The likes of you misuse people's money, people's Liberty and now you want to stop them talking about it as well.
Haramanis Wednesday, 14 March 2018 01:47 PM
Champika's legacy is at Norochcholai. GEB F's assessment is absolutely on the ball.
Wise Donkey Tuesday, 13 March 2018 11:55 PM
The damage done Sri Lank is huge million times more than what the innocent Muslims had to undergo: in tourism, foreign investment and finally to face the UN in human rights abuses in Geneva. Thanks for those who rendered this service to the motherland.
Thanos Tuesday, 13 March 2018 11:59 PM
Ever heard of VPNs?
Sunil Wednesday, 14 March 2018 01:27 AM
Social media doesn’t need regulations the government has to use it to monitor those who join these racist groups and arrest them when they break the law...Problem is they don’t get arrested when they break the law!
sarath Fonseka Wednesday, 14 March 2018 02:12 AM
This guy open had a media conference and mislead the public using fake facebook profile - Main architect using different strategy to again mislead the public and act.
shairaz Wednesday, 14 March 2018 02:42 AM
Sir are you behind the last incidents? These days you are talking a lot.
Mk Wednesday, 14 March 2018 02:43 AM
We know very well where ur government is heading with this social media ban and now with the talk of regulation. More than stopping hate speech, it seem more obvious that you want to silence anti government political discussions..
Mhf Wednesday, 14 March 2018 04:02 AM
You should be monitored first. You used run amok when racial conflicts occurred in prev regime. We will nvr forget.
Saradiel Wednesday, 14 March 2018 05:51 AM
Good to have some controls to restrain our foolish and selfish people. However first of all catch the culprits who started the misuse and punish them appropriately.
Park Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:07 AM
More than controlling social media control the TV media spreading FAKE NEWS and anchors giving their opinion on topics.
Moddan Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:07 AM
Social media is bad for Sri Lanka because the blatant truth on the atrocities committed by the majority community against minorities. being dispersed instantly to the world.Government under emergency rule have imposed law that any one caught spreading hatred will be subjected to maximum of 20 years of jail. There are many videos taken showing thugs in saffron cloths leading the mob attack and intimidating Muslims but no action. So as I see these rules are made only to protect the these thugs of the majority community and to be a warning to minorities to ‘take all the beatings but not to hit back’ and if they do, they will be arrested under the law and punished sentenced to jail maximum of 20 years.I mean what I say because why aren’t all these saffron thugs seen on video leading the attack not arrested?
Anja Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:13 AM
People should take enough measures to send this kind of ppl home via DM Android App
Ranapala Silva Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:44 AM
I think the honorable Champika is right - all the cloud apps are blocking the rain coming down. If the cloud apps are stopped or blocked there will be more rain. We need rain for agriculture than cloud apps in my humble opinion.
sam123 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:49 AM
Politicians like our country can't beat technology introducing mushroom regulations.
Refaideen Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:19 AM
Yes regulations needed to control your mouth first
Analyseyou Wednesday, 14 March 2018 04:52 PM
That's a true statement.
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