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The Online Safety Bill which was gazetted last night is a draconian piece of legislation that will drive international IT giants such as Facebook, Google and Instagram away from Sri Lanka, SJB MP Harsha de Silva informed the House today.

“As per this gazette, the President is to appoint a commission to determine what is the truth and what is not the truth. This violates the freedom of speech and freedom of thought. You will never get investors if this law is enacted and implemented,” the MP said.

“Do you think companies such as Google, Facebook or Instagram will welcome this law?" the MP questioned. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)


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  • Daya Tuesday, 19 September 2023 02:09 PM

    Don't worry he is trying to be in power forever by bringing in various draconian laws like his uncle. But peoples power and freedom of speech is by the constitution. No one can stop the people's power.

    city Wednesday, 20 September 2023 05:47 AM

    Please check the amount of school going children and youth being effected from the social media menace. Also the amount of women being held for ransom.

    Nuwan Tuesday, 19 September 2023 02:39 PM

    China does not have any of those. How, and why did investors end up there?

    dilip Tuesday, 19 September 2023 03:19 PM

    dont ask stupid questions...if you cannot comprehend the difference between SL and CHINA

    Ganesh Tuesday, 19 September 2023 03:27 PM

    People only invest in China for Cheap Labour. Chinese don't invent anything, they just simply copy others, be it electronics, vehicles, name it.

    Dee Tuesday, 19 September 2023 02:47 PM

    Still waiting for VW to start assembling plant in Sri Lanka! Maybe it will start when you come into power?

    Neo Tuesday, 19 September 2023 04:10 PM

    This guy seems to think that just because facebook and google can be accessed from Sri Lanka it is made here. Dr for an online company, the company don't need to be physically here all you want is a thing called a URL.

    Liberal One Tuesday, 19 September 2023 04:11 PM

    Don't mislead people. This law will not work against the platform itself but those who spread lies. So facebook doesn't have to be concerned but you do.

    Mage rata mage gama Wednesday, 20 September 2023 08:11 AM

    I don't think this is the truth. Facebook will have and other forums will have to provide details of users, so they should be concerned. The truth commission will eradicate all view points contrary to government and religious leaders, and Google and Facebook are both exponents of free expression (unless it is against Covid-19 vaccines).

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 19 September 2023 05:47 PM

    Finally he comes out from his cave with something useless to the people. There are burning issue that you need to bring to the light and solve them. You pointing fingers to all frauds that is happening. What about them.

    Mk Tuesday, 19 September 2023 08:15 PM

    Thats a good thing

    Dee Wednesday, 20 September 2023 06:02 AM

    What a joker? Imagine this guy heading finance?

    Thimthy Wednesday, 20 September 2023 09:13 AM

    Thank God Harsha, be happy about it man. Arent these social media a real nuisence and killing our time and values. There wont be anything like you say, but if anything happens like what you say.. We are a certainly happy about a curse getting away from ours and kids lives.

    Sivalingam Wednesday, 20 September 2023 10:30 AM

    Harsha is a capital kotiraja pawn. Capital kotiraja and Dulanjali incited the burning of Ranil's house.

    Jeewaratne hulla Wednesday, 20 September 2023 12:03 PM

    If your thinking and outlook is shaped by the western values and education, then their local agents will crave for these platforms as indispensable.

    Jabar Thursday, 21 September 2023 05:37 AM

    This guy studied at the University of Coca Cola


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