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Sri Lanka suspends social media after anti-Muslim riots

May 14, 2019

Sri Lanka is undergoing the worst national crisis situation since the serial blasts that rocked the country last month. Now, the Sri Lankan government has banned social media including Facebook and WhatsApp after certain Muslim owned institutions and mosques were attacked in the country. Security has also been beefed up in Sri Lanka.

After a dispute that started off on Facebook, a Muslim man was beaten up at the town of Chilaw where there is a majority of Christians. According to reports, the man identified as Hameed Mohamad Hasmar, posted a comment saying one day you will cry. An angry mob interpreted this as the Easter attacks and assaulted Hasmar. People also threw stones at mosques on Sunday. Mobile apps like SnapChat, Instagram and Viber will also be suspended. The government has not given a date when the suspension will be revoked.

Sri Lanka government/officials neglected terror attack warnings, wrong suspect circulated & now death toll revised. but social media banned siting we people spread false news? People facing Uncertainty-Daniel Alexander, Sri Lanka Cricketer

On 25 April, a series of bomb blasts took place in hotels and churches of Sri Lanka killing at least 250 people including tourists and injuring over 500.

"The Sri Lankan government has banned social media all through Sri Lanka due to stop the spread of rumours after violence erupted in Negombo, tweeted Rana.

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