Facebook, Viber, Whatsapp blocked for three days

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Drastic drop in speed or interruptions were reported by last evening islandwide when accessing the internet.

“Facebook,
Viber, Whatsapp and messaging applications via both mobile and electronic devices blocked from last evening for 72 hours”

 

image_1520456344-03a1279e0bBy Thilanka Kanakartahna

Access to several social media sites including Facebook,Viber, Whatsapp and messaging applications via both mobile and electronic devices had been blocked with effect from last evening for 72 hours, to prevent the spread of fake news or rumours that instill fear psychosis or threat to communal harmony, the Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) announced yesterday.

The measures were taken by the TRCSL following a request made by the Defence Ministry.


Meanwhile, telcos and service providers confirmed that on the instruction of the Ministry of Defence access to certain social media sites and Messaging Platforms had been restricted until further notice in the interest of national security.


Drastic drop in speed or interruptions were reported by last evening islandwide when accessing the internet. Meanwhile, Telecommunications, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment Minister Harin Fernando in a statement said the measures had been taken by the TRC as an extraordinary but temporary response to limit the increasing spread of hate speech and violence through social media websites and phone messaging applications.


“Put down your smartphones, let go of your hate and help make a new Sri Lanka that is good for everyone,” Minister Fernando said.

 

“Put down your smartphones, let go of your hate and help make a new Sri Lanka that is good for everyone


“The last few days have seen technology created to bring people together, being used to pull people apart. Social media websites -such as Facebook, Whatsapp and Viber – which were created to bring us closer to our friends and family and make communication free and convenient, have been used to destroy families, lives and private property,” he said. “I don’t need to remind the young people of this country that hate, violence and discrimination robbed you of a life full of opportunity and a country full of prosperity.


“Do not make the mistakes of our past generations. You have today an opportunity to create a Sri Lanka where everyone can live in peace and prosperity. You have in your hands, technology that our forefathers didn’t even imagine was possible. “These technologies are the fruits of peace and their purpose is the pursuance of peace and unity amongst all people, no matter their race, religion, caste or gender. “When you spread hate and violence against anyone, you will not only sow the seeds of suffering towards others but suffering towards yourself. You will secure this land of ours as one of eternal pain and lost opportunity. “Don’t be a part of making that history because you can be a part of making something better. A Sri Lanka that is better for everyone. A Sri Lanka that shines as a beacon of hope to the rest of the world. A Sri Lanka that has used the fruits of peace to create a garden of unity, strength and opportunity for all our people. Be a part of that history. 

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