Mar 15, 2018

FB not to be blamed entirely for Kandy incidents – Shiral

Coordinating secretary to the president, lawyer Shiral Lakthilake says he does not place the entire blame on Facebook for the recent string of incidents that occurred in Kandy.

Participating in ‘New Parliament’ programme of Derana TV yesterday (14), Lakthilake said that according to Sociology, several layers had contributed to this.

With the end of the war, Sinhalese lost an enemy and this was a new found enemy for them, he said alleging that competition between Sinhalese and Muslim traders, jealousy and politics also led to the differences.

Social media had merely been used as a tool to spread racism, said Lakthilake, adding that a mere blockade on social media would not resolve the matter.

Therefore, we are not foolish enough to note that this issue occurred though Facebook, Lakthilake further said. “No one are forest dwellers. All of us are active in social media and are aware of its value,” he said.

The problem will arise again within months if no steps are taken to find the root cause and resolve it, he warned.

FB’s earnings from Sri Lankan members
According to him, Facebook earns a monthly income of Rs. 40 from each of its six million members in Sri Lanka.

Accountability
Speaking on the access restriction currently imposed on the social media platform, he said authorities are delaying the release to trap Facebook into being accountable.

Lakthilake proposed launching a Facebook server in Sri Lanka and recruiting staff while planning a to resolve this issue through a bilateral method.

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