Mar 07, 2018

Facebook blocked to curb hate speech - Rajitha

Cabinet spokesman minister Rajitha Senaratne says that the government has decided to block Facebook access to prevent the spread of hate speech.

The minister was speaking during a special media briefing held at the media ministry today (07).

Online users have been venting their feelings on Twitter about not being able to connect to Facebook and Instagram.

Social media filtered - TRCSL

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) says that social media in the country is now being filtered on the request of the Defence Ministry.

TRCSL officials also say that users across the country would experience a drastic drop in speed or interruptions when accessing the internet.

Earlier, the TRCSL said that internet access in Kandy district is being filtered on the instructions of the Defence ministry.

Schools closed

Meanwhile, Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that all government schools in the Kandy administrative district will be closed until further notice. Schools in the area remained closed yesterday and today as well.

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