Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka soon will lift a ban imposed on social media networks temporarily to curb last week’s anti-Muslim violence, a government minister said.
Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando at a press conference held in Colombo, today said the temporary ban on social media will be lifted on Friday.
Minister Fernando said senior Facebook company officials were expected to visit Sri Lanka on Thursday and the government was likely to restore access to both Facebook and WhatsApp.
Several government ministers pointed out that the ban imposed on March 7, initially for three days, adversely impacts the economy, trade and tourism aide from public frustration.
Addressing a special media briefing held in Colombo today, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the social media networks should be made available to the general public and hence, the temporary ban should be removed soon.
He added that the hatemongers who misuse social media networks should be brought to the book and punished in due course. The Minister pointed out that if current laws are not adequate they should be amended.
Meanwhile, the government said it will lift the ban on Viber from midnight Tuesday.