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Sagala wants social media unblocked

13 March 2018 09:23 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake in a tweet yesterday said that the recent ban on social media creates a negative impact on many industries including the IT, E-commerce and tourism sectors.

“Social media ban makes a negative impact on many industries. Apart from general frustration it creates, such blanket bans will take a heavy toll on the economy and hamper IT, E-comm & tourism sectors. What the government must promote is a responsible use of social media with checks and balances,” he said.

He urged the government to unblock the access to social media before it hampers the country’s economy.

“Blocking Facebook and messaging apps long term is not an option. Social Media must start functioning so that the economy doesn’t suffer. Therefore, access to Social Media must be unblocked ASAP and the Government must set in place a system to curtail hate speech and fake news,” he said. (Thilanka Kanakarathne)

  Comments - 9

  • Gobbaya Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:48 PM

    There is no economy remain after three years of YAMAPALANA rule

    Hello No 9 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:58 PM

    Why you want to do that and show in social media as well ahh?

    Saman Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:18 PM

    We are waiting for President to read the news paper.

    Wije Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:50 AM

    We have a president?

    Senewi Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:24 PM

    According to the comments of UNP members ,It is apparent that the FB ban seems to be an idea of the president .

    Freddy Yong Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:34 AM

    He wants to play with his smart phone, that's why. You are a wash out and a misfit in the yahapalanaya cabinet. Be ready to be shown the door after a 'scientific' reshuffle takes place after the President returns.

    Pachaya Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:26 AM

    President has said in japan this ban has helped to improve profit and turnover at SLT and thereby government revenues. The next thing to do is to go back to 1940s and use bullock carts so that petroleum expenses can be cut down to ZERO

    Suneth Perera Wednesday, 14 March 2018 12:07 PM

    This regime destroyed the dignity and moral of security intelligent. This government has no long life. Even the opposition will get one more chance. This government also failed to have pragmatic vision.

    Nana Wednesday, 14 March 2018 04:44 PM

    This country has so many burning issues. Controlling social media is a must, But not the peoples political expressions.


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