Slowdown of social media platforms as TRC starts monitoring content

7 March 2018 - 6088   - 7

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) says the public can expect a general slowdown of social media platforms as instructions have been given to monitor and filter their content. 

A TRC official told Times Online that content in social media platforms is being filtered on the instructions of the Ministry of Defence. He stated that the instructions had come through from the Ministry following the declaration of a State of Emergency yesterday due to communal disturbances in the Kandy district. 

Accordingly, content on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and Viber are being monitored and content deemed to be inciting violence and those found to be fake will be filtered out, the official explained.

He said special attention is being given to Facebook, given that much of the false information and incitement to violence was being carried out through that particular social media site. 

"We have just started to filter out content so users will experience a slowdown, but we expect services to resume as normal soon," he added. 

Meanwhile, Dialog Axiata, the country's largest internet service provider, stated on Twitter that based on instructions from the TRC, internet access in the Kandy district (3G and 4G) have been restricted until further notice. 

  Comments - 7

  • U.P.Fernando Wednesday, 7 March 2018 05:30 PM

    Even during the final stages of the war against the most ruthless terror organization ..the previous govt did not restrict the internet. This clearly shows the inability of the presentgovt.????????????.

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    Kian Wednesday, 7 March 2018 10:03 PM

    Exactly! Instead of taking proper action they do this?

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    thilina kavinda Wednesday, 7 March 2018 09:23 PM

    How long will the slowdown go on for?

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    Muneera jiffry Wednesday, 7 March 2018 10:32 PM

    I want to connect

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    Mellie Thursday, 8 March 2018 05:18 AM

    But during that time, social media was not as strong as it is now. Nowadays almost everyone uses facebook, instagram and whatsapp. Therefore there's a high chance of starting a war within the country just by the arousal of one facebook comment or an instagram post. So think about it without accusing the govt. Everyone is helpless at the moment.

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    Sahan Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:17 AM

    This is just absurd. I wish if only the higher authorities could really do something to resolve this. This approach is just baseless, like the current government.

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    Heli Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:19 PM

    Why is the government worried about a particular ethnic group, race or party? They must treat the wound instead of covering the wound, Law and order is for everyone

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