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Government Of Sri Lanka Temporarily Shuts Down Social Media
By Chioma Okwu

(dpa/NAN) Government has said that some social media networks will be temporarily blocked in Sri Lanka, after messages shared online raised religious tensions that have been running high since the deadly Easter Sunday bombings. This statement was declared on Monday, May 13.


A police spokesman, PS Ruwan Gunasekara, said that in one case a message shared on Facebook led to a tense situation on Sunday in the town of Chilaw, 80km north of the capital Colombo.


A number of people surrounded and damaged an Islamic religious center and police arrested a person, identified as Abdul-Hameed Mohamed, who had allegedly posted an inflammatory message on Facebook.


An overnight curfew was imposed in parts of northern Sri Lanka to prevent further violence.


Gunasekara said other false messages on social media claimed a terrorist group has been arrested close to the capital and that three people, who were pretending to be medical students were arrested at a hospital on the city’s outskirts.

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