Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, a Colombo-based information and social media researcher, instructed CNN Enterprise that journalists, activists and policymakers have been performing “like hammers searching for nails.”
“The federal government block of social media is seen as some type of constructive response to curb Zuckerberg’s empire, as an alternative of what it really is — an undemocratic knee-jerk response that helps unfold concern, uncertainty and doubt.”
Wijeratne mentioned that social media allowed for “the democratization of data in a rustic the place authorities and politicians have tightly managed a lot of conventional media.” Many overseas commentators supporting the ban might not be conversant in how the nation’s conventional media — scarred by a civil struggle that ended solely a decade in the past — has been censored and, in some circumstances, used to unfold propaganda, he added.
The federal government ought to have “stayed on prime of rumors and aggressively fact-checked stuff on social media. As a substitute, what’s occurring is rumors and misinformation are flying left, proper and middle,” mentioned Wijeratne.
Fb mentioned it had been working to assist regulation enforcement in Sri Lanka and to establish content material that violates the corporate’s requirements.
But there’s little proof to assist justifications for the bans, which specialists say don’t hinder terrorists and will improve the quantity of faux information and rumors being unfold as a result of they cannot simply be rebutted.
Adrian Shahbaz, a researcher at Washington-based Freedom Home, mentioned that “shutdowns are a blunt instrument for interrupting the unfold of disinformation on-line. Residents are denied entry to communication instruments at a time after they want them essentially the most to dispel rumors, verify in with household, or keep away from harmful areas.”
Main questions are nonetheless hanging over the Easter Sunday assaults, because the households of victims started burying their useless and starting the mourning course of. Searching for the solutions on-line nevertheless, stays a tough course of for a lot of odd individuals.