Sri Lanka blocks Facebook and WhatsApp after attacks on Mosques

Last Updated: May 13 2019 14:14
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COLOMBO- Sri Lankan government on Monday temporarily blocked several social media networks and mobile apps including Facebook and WhatsApp after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses.

Mosques and Muslim owned businesses are being attacked in Sri Lanka in the worst ever unrest since the Easter Sunday bombings.

As per authorities, the disputes among Muslim and Christian communities started on Facebook and soon took form of a riot.

Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said, “To control the situation, a police curfew was imposed during the night.”

The government aims to deter the spread of misinformation and rumours through social media and has blocked Viber, IMO, Snapchat, Instagram and Youtube until further notice.