The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka or TRC could shut down Facebook in Sri Lanka if the government takes a policy decision on curtailing the allegations regarding Facebook prompting various social problems. We have observed social discussions online and offline that are in favor of the blockage as well as an overwhelming response against such a decision.
If awareness campaigns to tackle ill effects of Facebook did not reach fruition, then there would be no alternative but to suspend that facility
Speaking to The Island, Director General of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Mr. Anusha Pelpita yesterday has said that in the recent past numerous nefarious incidents involving the abuse of the premier online social media platform has stirred a social discussion.
He went on to comment ‘If awareness campaigns to tackle ill effects of Facebook did not reach fruition, then there would be no alternative but to suspend that facility. If the National Child Protection Authority or the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs took any policy decision to block this social network and inform the TRC of that decision, action could be taken to obstruct its use’.
Source: The Island
UPDATE: The President, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa assured that there will be no blockage of Facebook in the country. But stressed the importance of immediate action to enlighten the public and especially the children about the proper usage of social media platforms such as Facebook.
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