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Monday, 12 March 2018 - 19:56
Facebook responds to Sri Lanka's social media blockade
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Facebook Corporation has responded to the social media blockade in Sri Lanka.

The Company says that it has a policy on hate speech that could instigate violence.

It has also said that it will seek the assistance of the Government and NGOs to identify and remove the content referred to as 'hate speech'.

Among the blocked social media sites are Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Imo.

However, certain persons had used alternative technology to reach such social media sites and upload hate speeches and fake news that was likely to incite disharmony among communities.

Later, the Criminal Investigation Department arrested several users following investigations conducted by police and the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

One schoolboy attached to a leading school in Colombo was remanded until the 26th of March when he was produced before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe today (Mar. 12).

Earlier, two school students had been sent to Makola Detention Center after they were produced before Court.

Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram which were temporarily blocked last Wednesday following the recent unruly situation in Kandy are yet to be unblocked.

A spokesperson from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission stated that several rounds of talks were held with regard to the matter.

He said the temporary block likely to be lifted by tomorrow.
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