Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka today criticized the government for continuing the ban on social media saying that blocking Facebook and messaging apps long term is not an option in present times.
In a hard-hitting statement on Twitter, Minister Sagala Ratnayake said the social media Social media ban makes a negative impact on a wide range of industries.
"Apart from the general frustration it creates, such blanket bans will take a heavy toll on economy and hamper IT, E-commerce and tourism sectors. What the government must promote is responsible use of social media, with necessary checks and balances," Ratnayaka said, in his statement.
"Blocking Facebook and messaging platforms long term is not an option, in this day and age. Social Media must start functioning so that the economy doesn't suffer. Therefore access to Social Media must be unblocked as soon as possible and the Government must set in place a system to curtail hate speech and fake news," he added.