State minister Harsha De Silva said yesterday the blocking of social media networks contributed to the mitigation of the recent communal tension in Kandy and assured that these networks would return to normal by today.
He told parliament that the social media networks including Facebook and WhatsApp were blocked for 72 hours.
"Social media is an ideal platform for extremists to spread disinformation. It is done through bots and trolls. We managed to neutralise the tense situation in Kandy by stemming the spread of false news and rumours," the state minister said.
He said a presidential commission should be appointed to find out the truth behind these series of communal classes which were reported from several parts of the country recently and highlighted the fact that a comprehensive investigation should be conducted to identify those involved in provoking racism and hatred through social media networks.
"We need to expose the extremist groups behind these series of communal clashes. Muslim extremism should also be investigated," he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
Suresh Saturday, 10 March 2018 13:14
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Lawry Saturday, 10 March 2018 22:17
Yes we are addicted to this social media thing. But it is true like giving a razer blade to a monkey. Even hateful idiots can write what ever they please and publicise it to the whole world
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Sajith Saturday, 10 March 2018 13:19
This was a joke although the Social Net works block on SL VPN 80% were logged into all these sights from a drfferent VPNs.....
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Waco Saturday, 10 March 2018 13:51
Social Media means freedom for information.
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yukikaname3500 Saturday, 10 March 2018 14:29
Still social media networks are not working.
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Demo-crazy Saturday, 10 March 2018 16:29
Still not working
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yukikaname3500 Saturday, 10 March 2018 16:40
Does anyone know when this blocking thing is going to end?
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Jerome Saturday, 10 March 2018 17:14
Anti social media is on, social media is blocked, VPN at play, truth cannot be hidden for long.
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AL Saturday, 10 March 2018 19:29
Social media is still blocked? Thought there was peace and calm so why is there still a ban/block!
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Vaishali Saturday, 10 March 2018 22:00
Why are the social media sites still blocked ? Please let us know the exact time this will end ....
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Asoka Sunday, 11 March 2018 14:54
අද නෙමෙයි හෙට balagiri dose...
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Prasad Sunday, 11 March 2018 17:44
Sir Harsha, please save the credibility that you are left out with...There is nothing you can do...
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