Sri Lanka, citing 'false news reports,' blocks social media after attacks

CNN | 4/21/2019 | Staff
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New York (CNN Business)Sri Lanka placed a nationwide block on social media sites after more than 200 people died in multiple attacks on Sunday. The government, in taking the drastic step, cited "false news reports" it said were circulating online.

The shutdown, which the government said would be temporary, highlights the challenges the world's most powerful tech companies face in curbing the spread of misinformation and propaganda in the aftermath of terrorist attacks. It also raises questions of censorship and a government's ability to turn off the world's most popular websites.

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In announcing the ban on its official news portal, Sri Lanka named Facebook and Instagram among the sites it had blocked.

YouTube, Snapchat and the messaging apps WhatsApp and Viber were also blocked, according to the internet monitoring group NetBlocks.

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A spokesperson for Facebook (FB), which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, told CNN Business, "We are aware of the government's statement regarding the temporary blocking of social media platforms. People rely on our services to communicate with their loved ones and we are committed to maintaining our services and helping the community and the country during this tragic time."

The spokesperson said Facebook had been working to support law enforcement in Sri Lanka and to identify content that violates the company's standards.

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