Facebook suspension lifted

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

The temporarily restriction to access the social media site Facebook was lifted yesterday afternoon, following the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Presidential Media Division said in a statement yesterday.  



Ban was imposed to curtail attempts to spread violence


“The President has given instructions to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of Sri Lanka to remove the temporary restriction to access the social media site Facebook with immediate effect,” the statement said.   

President Sirisena has given this instruction following a detailed assessment of the decisions taken during the meeting between the Secretary to the President and the representatives from Facebook, held at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday.  The media release by the Presidential Secretariat said the Government took steps to restrict access to some social media platforms temporarily during the last few days, in order to curtail the attempts to spread communal violence across the country, misusing the social media in a manner detrimental to the national harmony. This initiative paved the way to contain the situation and the Government is taking steps to allow access to social media while implementing the necessary monitoring and surveillance methods to ensure the public safety.  The Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando met representatives from Facebook yesterday to discuss the situation in Sri Lanka. Facebook conveyed to the Secretary that it does not tolerate hate speech on its platform. Facebook shared its deep commitment to remove hate speech connected to race, ethnicity, national origin, and religious affiliation in the context of the immediate emergency situation in Sri Lanka.