Social media blocked: TRCSL

2018-03-07 12:37:37

Social media platforms including Facebook and phone messaging applications such as WhatsApp had been blocked as requested by the Defence Ministry to prevent transmitting fake news or rumours that instill a fear psychosis or a threat to communal harmony,the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) said.

The Media Unit of the TRCSL told Daily Mirror that users across the country would experience a drastic drop in speed or interruptions when accessing the internet. (Thilanka Kanakartahna)

  Comments - 24

  • Arnold Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:20

    Fear has already reached the world media, More than a thousand tourist arrivals are cancelled or re-routed. By next week hotels might start closing. Looks like the big daddy behind this mayhem is winning.

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    Nishantha Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:59

    Of course, this is kind of situation government wanted

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    Luxman Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:33

    Blocking the access to social media is againts the fundamental rights. We have the rights to know and share information. If the information is found misleading the law enforcement could take nessesary action.

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    Hans perlee Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:33

    Next step, shut down all social media? By the way, Viber and Whatapp can not be filtered, end to end encryption.

    Reply : 10       93

    Umesh Gallage Wednesday, 7 March 2018 15:51

    They have done already.

    Reply : 8       45

    husam Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:58


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    DillonDP Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:41

    This is stupid decision, why cant the police arrest people who share fake news instead.... this is like a kid given powers we dont need such defence secretary

    Reply : 49       136

    Ravi Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:54

    Freedom of speech.. yeah right.. worst leaders ever

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    Rewiring Wednesday, 7 March 2018 14:00

    Very good move. Now ppl will start living real life. All the brain sells breath and rewire to adopt to real life.

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    Azeem Majeed Friday, 9 March 2018 11:32


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    E Saturday, 10 March 2018 13:16

    So true..

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    MSN Wednesday, 7 March 2018 15:51

    What could have been taken out by nail should have been taken out by a nail, instead Cutting the whole hand out is not a wise decision.

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    concerened Wednesday, 7 March 2018 15:54

    what are they trying to prove by blocking all this social media sites, things will only get worse, where is the freedom of expression, do authorities fear that the truth will be shown to the world. this is absurd

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    Sunil Perera Wednesday, 7 March 2018 22:57

    Wow RW's plan is more Bond scam, no more No confidence motions ...C'mon RW the plan is working perfectly..Koombiyo in action ...nice game man ..real nice..Grab the popcorn..the game is on..My money is on you man!!!

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    Mohamed Husam Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:02

    all this issues started for a side mirror a Tuk Tuk and our country is in crises y don’t people realize that they are destroying their own country and their own people and this boys who are jobless are creating all these nonsense and what are they trying to prove creating problems already our country had one war just be in peace.

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    Wishi Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:33

    Omg for long will they block social media?

    Reply : 2       10

    hans perlee Thursday, 8 March 2018 19:46

    even one day is too long. But we are at the mercy of someone who still lives in the stone age and has no idea what he is doing. Blocking all social media causes more unrest, Besides, fake news is leaking to, for what i know, The netherlands. In the news it is said that all off Sri lanka is on fire. All because tourist can not get in touch with their family and friends.

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    Kumar Perera Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:51

    I would like to know when the ban on Facebook will be lifted..?Wasanthakumar PereraClass of 68 - English Medium,Royal College, Colombo

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    hans perlee Thursday, 8 March 2018 19:48

    The ban is done by someone who never uses the Social media??? So what does he care.

    Reply : 1       12

    Umapathy Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:46 is still accessible. It looks like a ban to facebook, viber and whats up to promote google's social media while blocking other social media sites. People are blindly believing google. What ever the rubbish in the google maps also accepted in the schlorship exams.

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    JJ Friday, 9 March 2018 10:06

    Knee-jerk reaction of a senile President and a PM who have no clue regarding the damage that this decision will do to organizations that depend heavily on social media to run their business operations. Don't be surprised if they decide to block the internet too. Stupid Clowns! We must be the laughing stock of the rest of the world!

    Reply : 2       16

    Waco Saturday, 10 March 2018 08:16

    What more can you expect from this illiterate couple.

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    Nina Gage Sunday, 11 March 2018 16:27

    As a lover of Sri Lanka and a tourist facilitator from Australia, I am saddened and shocked by these events. Show some intelligent skills and control this sitution before major damage is done! And blocking social media does not help!

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    roshan guruge Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:49

    i think it's good think to ban social media for some period of time.people are believer in rumour and they make an unnecessary terror while the should find the long prevailing cause for this.

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