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Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka Leads to a Social Media Ban

Sunday morning at least 200 people were killed and at least 450 were injured in a planned series of attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. There has been a restriction placed on certain social media sites due to this attack.

In addition to blocking Facebook, Facebook Messenger, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Viber, a curfew has been issued in the country. According to Presidential advisor Harindra Dassanayake, this ban was set in place in concerns to spreading more misinformation, hate speech, and violence. The end of the ban is unknown.

The reason why they banned certain social media is because of previous events/riots that took place where Facebook fueled misinformation and hate.

Recently social media, like Facebook, hasn’t had the best reputation when it comes to regulating misinformation and hate/violence. Facebook has admitted to not having the best control over it in countries like Myanmar. India and other countries have taken their own action and have started placing their own rules, trying to get the company to help regulate and fix the problem.