Sri Lanka social media shutdown raises fears on free expression


  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019

TOPSHOT - A Sri Lankan man stands still during moments of silence outside St Anthony's Shrine two days after it was attacked as part of a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels, in Colombo on April 23, 2019. - Sri Lanka fell silent for three minutes April 23 on a day of national mourning to honour more than 300 people killed in suicide bomb blasts that have been blamed on a local Islamist group. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP)

WASHINGTON: Sri Lanka’s decision to block social media following deadly suicide attacks highlights a growing distrust of online platforms, but critics said the move is likely to restrict the flow of important news and information as well as abusive content. 

The move comes amid growing frustration by governments around the world with Internet platforms over the propagation of misinformation and incitements of violence. 

Limited time offer:
Just RM5 per month.

Monthly Plan

RM13.90/month
RM5/month

Billed as RM5/month for the 1st 6 months then RM13.90 thereafters.

Annual Plan

RM12.33/month

Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only


Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Tech News

Google, Amazon, Apple lobby group opposes India's EU-like antitrust proposal
A tiny Mediterranean island wants a�piece of the global AI frenzy
UN hails RM22.53bil in new pledges to boost global connectivity
Man in Japan arrested for creating virus using generative AI systems
Sea unfairly favoured its own delivery service, Indonesia says
Smartphones can now last seven years. Here’s how to keep them working.
So long ICQ, the iconic ‘90s messaging platform that’s shutting after almost 30 years
San Francisco’s hot tourist attraction: Driverless cars
Too small to police, too big to ignore: Telegram is the app dividing Europe
Toyota showcases compact engines adaptable to different fuels

Others Also Read