Economic Crisis in Sri Lanka: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram blocked in the Country
According to a Reuters report, Sri Lanka has banned access to key social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter after the government imposed a curfew to address mounting dissent amid an unprecedented economic crisis.
The Sri Lankan government imposed a 36-hour curfew on Saturday as part of a statewide public emergency declared ahead of a scheduled antigovernmental demonstration over the island nation’s greatest economic crisis, which has disproportionately affected the average man. The island-wide curfew will be in force from 6 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Monday (April 4), according to PTI sources. It is known that Petrol Prices in Sri Lanka gone high like never before. (250 Rs/1 Ltr).
There were rumors that Indian army deployed in Sri Lanka to control the situation. But, As per the PTI sources, Secretary of Defense Ministry Kamal Gunaratne told reporters that Sri Lankan soldiers were capable of managing our national security situation and that no foreign assistance was necessary.
In an effort to avoid more protests blaming the government for the increasing economic crisis, Sri Lanka has banned access to major social media platforms. On Sunday, majority of Sri Lanka’s internet users were unable to access Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, and other social media sites.
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Network data obtained from over 100 vantage points around Sri Lanka by Netblocks, a worldwide internet monitor, indicated that the limitations will take effect at midnight across numerous providers. After President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced a state of emergency, Sri Lanka is under a national curfew from Saturday night till Monday morning.
Protests seeking the president’s resignation were organized via social media sites, with claims that he is to blame for the economic catastrophe.