Sri Lanka social media ban lifted
Friday May 17, 2019 20:29
ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission lifted a temporary social media ban Friday evening.
The state blocked access to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp and Viber on Monday, amid rising racial violence against Muslims in response to the Easter Sunday bombings.
This was the third time social media was banned following the bombings.
Some critics have blamed the government for the social media ban, saying that it has not stopped hate speech and misinformation from spreading.
Attacks against Muslim businesses and mosques took place in the North Western Province on Sunday and Monday, prompting curfews and the latest social media ban.
Curfews, either nationally or in certain areas, have been frequent since the bombings.
The Easter attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo killed over 250 persons and wounded over 500.
Two local radical Islamist organizations affiliated with the Islamic State carried out the bombings.
The police says that it has arrested most of the members of the network which carried out the attacks.
The bombings have hit the country’s tourism industry, which accounts for around 5 percent of the economy.
The economy is expected to grow slower than expected following the bombings. (Colombo/May17/2019)