Sri Lanka Blocks Facebook After Bombings, Citing Misinformation Concerns

Chris White on April 21, 2019

Sri Lanka blocked Facebook, Instagram and other forms of social media Sunday as the country investigates explosions that killed more than 200 people and injured another 400.

The decision to block social media was taken in reaction to false news reports spreading on social media following the bombings, the president’s secretary, Udaya Seneviratne, said in a press statement. The block will continue until officials conclude their investigation into the matter, media reports note.

Sri Lanka has struggle to stamp down sectarian violence. The government temporarily shut down Facebook and WhatsApp in 2018 to curb potential anti-Muslim violence. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned the public not to believe false information circulating about the bombings Sunday.

A Facebook representative confirmed the government had shut down the platform in the wake of the attacks. Much of the information about the attacks coming out of Sri Lanka are a result of people sharing photos on Facebook and other social media sites.

An explosion tore through St. Sebastian’s Church in the city of Negombo during an Easter service, with deadly blasts following in St. Anthony’s Shrine in the city of Colombo and Zion Church in Batticaloa. Members of St. Sebastian posted Facebook photos showing a sanctuary strewn with rubble, blood and the wounded. Bombs also detonated in the hotels Shangri-La, the Kingsbury and the Cinnamon Grand.

Facebook and Twitter were criticized in March for not acting fast enough to nix live videos of a shooter who killed roughly 50 people in a shooting spree in New Zealand. Critics claim the social media giants’ failure to police their airwaves immediately demonstrates their inability to look out for their users.

The New Zealand shooter’s video was viewed a total of 4,000 times before being removed from Facebook, according to the company. The social media site also removed about 1.5 million videos of the attack globally. More than 1 million of those videos were blocked at upload and were subsequently prevented from being seen.

Follow Chris White on Facebook and Twitter

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2019 Daily Caller News Foundation

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact

Related posts


real casino online June 30, 2020 at 3:13 am

online casino slots no download

big fish casino online

slot machines July 2, 2020 at 5:17 am

real casino online

casino slots

purchase viagra July 4, 2020 at 2:38 am

viagra generic name

generic viagra online

real money online casino July 6, 2020 at 5:59 am

real money casino games

online casino real money us

casino slots gambling July 8, 2020 at 11:41 am

legitimate online slots for money


payday loans July 13, 2020 at 10:44 am

online loans

pay day loans

personal loans July 16, 2020 at 9:42 am

online payday loans

online loans

loans online July 19, 2020 at 10:19 am

no credit check loans

cash loan

viagra 100mg July 22, 2020 at 11:23 am

viagra prescription

viagra prescription

20 cialis July 25, 2020 at 12:39 pm

generic cialis

generic for cialis

cialis 20 July 29, 2020 at 10:06 am

20 cialis

20 cialis

generic cialis July 31, 2020 at 7:45 pm

20 cialis

cialis generic

cialis 20 August 3, 2020 at 10:06 am

cialis 5 mg

cialis 20

cialis internet August 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm

new cialis

new cialis

free casino games August 9, 2020 at 4:19 pm

casino slot

online casino real money us

hollywood casino August 13, 2020 at 8:36 am

best online casino real money

online casino usa real money

play online casino real money August 16, 2020 at 11:09 pm

gambling casino

chumba casino

online casino real money August 20, 2020 at 10:29 pm

casino slot

slot games

sildenafil dosage August 23, 2020 at 10:31 pm

buying viagra online

sildenafil price

viagra reviews August 26, 2020 at 1:26 am

cheap viagra online canadian pharmacy

natural viagra

canadian viagra August 29, 2020 at 1:28 am

cheapest generic viagra

online pharmacy viagra

buy tadalafil September 1, 2020 at 11:44 am

generic cialis tadalafil

canadian pharmacy cialis

casino games online September 18, 2020 at 4:41 pm

free slots

online casinos usa

Generic viagra us November 19, 2020 at 4:54 pm

Real viagra online

How to get viagra

Leave a Comment