If something is harmful we have to contain it - President

2018-03-14 04:38:22

President Maithripala Sirisena while speaking on the current restrictions on the social media that have been imposed after the violence mainly in Ampara and Kandy Districts said yesterday that if something is detrimental to the society we will have to contain its effects despite it being useful in some other way.

Addressing a gathering of Sri Lankans in Japan the President, however, said that the restrictions on the social media would be lifted soon.

He lamented that many people in Sri Lanka use the social media to destroy the country in spite of the mobile phone, computer, internet, and the social media having been invented to uplift human society.

"Before the violence in Ampara and Kandy Districts, people complained that Facebook had been a social evil that destroys the family life and incites hatred among various communities. They wanted us to control these media but we did not agree with them. Yet, we were compelled to place certain restrictions temporarily on them when the violence started in these two districts. If we had not taken such a step the situation would have been aggravated," President Sirisena said.

He said that the ban on the social media brought in both good and bad effects. "Some companies have incurred losses while some others like Telecom have benefited and precious time wasted on the social media has been saved," he added. (Kanchan Dasanayake)

  Comments - 8

  • Country First Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:52

    Sir, you are absolutely correct. Unity among more important to the Country.

    Reply : 47       27

    Saman Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:53

    Says someone whose facebook account is updating status even with the restrictions.

    Reply : 3       72

    Silva Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:19

    Hate and racism is in people not social media.

    Reply : 6       60

    Refaideen Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:33

    Some cabinet ministers are harmful containing them will be good for future Sri Lanka

    Reply : 2       50

    Harini Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:51

    Agreed. If something is harmful, it should be contained - like Mahendran? Practise what you preach, sir!

    Reply : 11       32

    Wije Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:53

    It's not social media but the government that failed

    Reply : 4       47

    AJ Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:56

    Mr. President - Alchohol and its consumption does more harm to society and family life. You talk about its harm but have done little to ban it from this country due to the tax it give the treasury.

    Reply : 19       25

    saranga.walimuni Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:45

    Bring laws to ban hate speech not social media

    Reply : 1       35

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