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Social media blockage still in effect

10 March 2018 04:31 pm - 30     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The government’s decision to restrict access to certain social media websites and phone messaging applications is still in effect despite reports that restrictions would be annulled by today, sources said.

State Minister Harsha De Silva yesterday told Parliament that the social media networks including Facebook and WhatsApp were blocked for 72 hours and that these networks would return to normal by today.

However, sources at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) today said no deadline was fixed in the first place, when the ban was imposed.

  Comments - 30

  • Sumith Saturday, 10 March 2018 04:44 PM

    Yes. Of course. It should restrict for certain period untill such time everything comes to normalcy.

    hans perlee Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:26 PM

    If you would read all the news, you would have read that according to the Government all is back to normal. There is even no more curfew.

    hans perlee Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:29 PM

    Normalcy restored: President informs foreign envoysSaturday, 10 March 2018 15:15 6

    Saman Saturday, 10 March 2018 04:52 PM

    No matter what TRC do, average guys knows how to by pass these. Problem is for the girls. I am sure they are now in the middle stages of facebook withdrawal syndrome.

    Ravi Saturday, 10 March 2018 05:07 PM

    Free wifi.. yeah right..

    Dee Saturday, 10 March 2018 07:25 PM

    Life is so much better !

    Mr X Saturday, 10 March 2018 07:57 PM

    This government is such a bad joke that even MR running for a 3rd term seems like something many would have preferred. Let's hope people develop some brains and vote these clowns out at the next election.

    hans perlee Saturday, 10 March 2018 07:58 PM

    The name of this Island is wrong, there is one word too much. Remove the word Democratic, It is now pure Socialist, state controled. People who want to send wrong messages by sicial media , do it anyway. Ever heard of VPN??????????

    Rahul Saturday, 10 March 2018 09:02 PM

    It’s easy for you people to say it. But we, outside Sri Lanka wanting to speak to our family and loved ones are affected too. The government must punish the culprits by banning their accounts, Shutting down the platform will create more confusions and upsets.

    Mary Saturday, 10 March 2018 09:18 PM

    You're right bro Rahul

    hans perlee Saturday, 10 March 2018 09:24 PM

    I agree with you. Same goes for the foreigners in Sri Lanka. They want to speak with their family and loved ones also.Now the home front has no idea what is going on in Sri Lanka.

    Scooby Doo Saturday, 10 March 2018 09:47 PM

    No worries brother. Now the situation is normal here. I hope you ll be able to contact them soon. Social media was another reason which helped thugs to spread rumors thats why it was blocked.

    Mary Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:39 PM

    Tell me please... Are you bal ji....?

    Saman Sunday, 11 March 2018 06:43 PM

    There is no sign these people restore connectivity soon,must find alternate solutions such as skype for calling love ones

    Brainmaster Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:16 PM

    I like fb and messaging but its ok to have now limited access for short time. If it helps to saveguard peace. via DM Android App

    Hans perlee Sunday, 11 March 2018 12:05 PM

    how sure are you that it is for a short period?

    Lakminiha Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:45 PM

    ලක්වාසීන්ට අලුත් වචන සහ අලුත් සංස්කෘති හන්දුන්වාදීමට පුරොගාමී වූ ඓතිහාසික ජනාධිපතිවරුන්TSUNAMI - ගරු චන්ද්‍රිකා බණ්ඩාරනායක කුමාරතුංග මැතිනියසුදු වෑන් - ගරු මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාVPN - ගරු මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමා

    ghaffa Sunday, 11 March 2018 09:52 AM

    this should block the criminals for ever, the people who use the sites unwanted must be punished.

    TJ Sunday, 11 March 2018 11:38 AM

    We know that the people are scared of darkness, but we have seen successive governments in power is Sri Lanka are scared of the light.

    Umain Gurugalla Sunday, 11 March 2018 01:57 PM

    What's the point of blocking social media the news has spread all around the world

    Suresh Sunday, 11 March 2018 03:20 PM

    Now whatsapp is also blocked

    hans perlee Sunday, 11 March 2018 09:38 PM

    for what i know, all social media are blocked. I think only IMO is working?

    M.Rasheedh Sunday, 11 March 2018 07:03 PM

    Blocking FB

    Razan Sunday, 11 March 2018 07:21 PM

    Freedom of speech is essential. But the same should not disrupt another's life. But until we build a system to track and punish the "miss users " it is better to have a blockade on social media.

    Gurudev Sunday, 11 March 2018 07:53 PM

    Imagine what selfrighteous champions of democracy would have said if Mahinda had been in power!

    John Sunday, 11 March 2018 08:00 PM

    FB Still blocked. Makes me wonder, is the government trying to hide something?

    Be Fair Sunday, 11 March 2018 08:04 PM

    good, as life is as good as before without FB

    Ranga Sunday, 11 March 2018 08:09 PM

    What a country ... ASHIK LAND !!!

    Hemantha Sunday, 11 March 2018 08:50 PM

    We may have to send the government home to get the social media back.

    Mani Sunday, 11 March 2018 08:51 PM

    It's really impacting country reputation and economic...few tourist cancelled their booking trip even after curfew taken back...this happen due to social media block and per govt media to be back yesterday but no clue for telecommunication to restore this....lets hope everything to be normal and all people's be safe in Lanka...

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