Social media becoming a global disruptive force: PM

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today that the technology-driven new media including social media is a source of non-traditional threat and becoming a global disruptive force.

“The new media including social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other websites are becoming global disruptive forces. We have seen the potential of this new media to de-establish nations and affect series of changes,” he said.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe as the chief guest of the Colombo Defence Seminar organized by the Sri Lanka Army, delivered the keynote speech during the inaugural session held at the BMICH.

He underlined the need to continue intellectual interaction of this nature to resolve and identify global issues of defence relevance.

“The nature of warfare are shifting from physical to online, or into the increased use of computers electromagnetism and artificial intelligence in commercial, economic, military and all other cutting-edge activities,” the Prime Minister said.

He said it is essential to apply best practice approach to reduce national vulnerabilities immediate and to develop robust cyber security system to prevent the disruption by attackers with collaboration of all nations state.

Speaking on effect to the environment and climate change on the human life, the Prime Minister said that it is a significant factor which need a global attention.

“New mechanism, both civil and military need to be created. Global security needs a global response. Global security challenges emanate from ongoing conflict and threats which may be man- duce or due to natural disasters. We as state need to be prepared for both. States need to cooperate by sharing intelligence, training and knowledges,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said.

The Prime Minister said working relationship among security stakeholders, locally and internationally are the keys to success in meeting future security challenges.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 26

  • BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 30 August 2018 05:29 PM

    Social media is not a threat in countries that consists of good governance by competent leaders. Every damn thing becomes a threat including one's own citizens of another race

    Mohamed Friday, 31 August 2018 09:11 AM

    I am a Social Media Marketing Trainer - Its not disrruptive if you do the right thing - its like knife can be used it for god and bad thing - you need a have plicy in place to control and monitor type of content is being posted - Do the right thing then you get more likes and views on social media.-

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 31 August 2018 10:11 AM

    That's not quite true. If the social media does not remove hate speech and racist comments that can be seen in Germany within 24 hours, they have to pay huge penalties that can cost millions of euros.

    Mm Thursday, 30 August 2018 05:40 PM

    And you RW is becoming the disruptive force of Sri Lanka

    Upul Thursday, 30 August 2018 06:19 PM

    Spot on my friend, but the unfortunate reality is that he cannot or doesn't want to understand it.

    SL Thursday, 30 August 2018 09:12 PM

    It should be RW led UNP is the destructive force for SL

    TONY Thursday, 30 August 2018 05:41 PM


    Nadeesha Thursday, 30 August 2018 05:42 PM

    When the mainstream media becomes corruptive forces, Social media become disruptive forces.

    Dee Thursday, 30 August 2018 05:45 PM

    Spot on! Sadly we don't realize it.

    Senewi Thursday, 30 August 2018 06:03 PM

    From the out come of the last presidential election ,We have realised that the social media is detrimental to a country .

    Dee Thursday, 30 August 2018 06:21 PM

    Actually it's post presidential election

    Rajiv Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:12 PM

    Technology is rapidly changing and human lifestyle too is changing to the pattern of technology. Therefore if the politicians behave well without thinking of them but those who voted them or those who pay their perks then there is not issue. Social media too will be kind to them.

    Don Joseph Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:27 PM

    I agree with PM! The destructive nature of social media was evident when you yourself claimed the victory of Pres. MS, and your rise to PM was due to the use of social media!Most destructive thing this country has ever experienced

    Jaliya Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:08 PM

    “The nature of warfare are shifting from physical to online, or into the increased use of computers .... The PM said" I think what he is referring to is on-line games for kids like Nintendo. What a lousy speech as the the chief guest !!!

    Graham Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:15 PM

    As you became corruptive force and obviously social media turned disruptive forces.

    dickie bird Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:31 PM

    Yes. Exposing and disrupting thieves and masterminds at work in clean suits.

    Be Fair Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:36 PM

    No S**T. And now only we realize it. Imagine we becoming a Singapore then......

    DJ Thursday, 30 August 2018 09:07 PM

    While you and your Royal cabal destroy the country

    R.Suntharalingam. Friday, 31 August 2018 07:25 AM

    What is useful when in the opposition becomes a bugbear when the seats of power!

    Warren Raed Friday, 31 August 2018 07:53 AM

    Yes. For you it is a disruptive force because crooks like you cannot rob innocent people's money because it will be exposed.

    Waco Friday, 31 August 2018 08:35 AM

    RW, is now qualified to become some one in , one of the Labotaries in USA.

    Eesha Friday, 31 August 2018 09:13 AM

    No 1 thing is to prevet idiots who don't even pass O level from entering government.

    Aruna Friday, 31 August 2018 10:16 AM

    Do you think that great Imran Khan too is in your opinion?

    Sach Friday, 31 August 2018 12:11 PM

    Yahapalana came into power using social media

    Milinda. Saturday, 01 September 2018 11:00 AM

    Ranil why are you complaining now. Remember 4 years ago you and your political cronies used social media for a regeme change. Now it is boomeranging on the Yamapalanaya cronies Remember this is what you call retribution. The very same tool you used to produce fake news to willfully destroy another person is now being used to distroy your Yamapalanaya.

    iemerald Saturday, 01 September 2018 02:40 PM


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