Sri Lanka is unlocking the access to social networks and messengers promoted on the last day 22 after the terrorist attacks that led to at least 250 deaths in the region. At the time the authorities informed that the measure had been adopted to contain the climate of panic and misinformation that usually takes the Internet at those times.
So, Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber, YouTube and others had access reinstated today (30). The government, however, issued a statement urging the population to keep disinformation away from these platforms.
It is not the first time that Sri Lanka has promoted a blackout on the internet.
In late 2018 similar measure was adopted with Mark Zuckerberg’s platforms after the government criticized that the company did not take necessary measures to prevent the spread of radical positions and attacks to specific groups. As “punishment” the blackout was promoted for a week.
In Brazil something like this still does not happen. But there is a vast history of provisional WhatsApp disconnections that cause a real national commotion and lead to overcrowding in the B plan of the average Brazilian user, the Telegram.
Sri Lanka restricts access to social networks to prevent misinformation following terrorist attacks
Sri Lanka has suffered a series of coordinated attacks on churches and hotels last weekend, where more than 200 fatalities have been confirmed. Seeking to make a decision avoiding spreading disinformation, authorities in the region decided to restrict access to social networks.
With the measure, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, YouTube and Viber are off the air, and no return forecast. The decision is unprecedented and aims to contain not only the dissemination of fake news that can shake the population, but also contain hate speech, and of course, upload videos of the explosions.
Thus, Sri Lanka adopts a measure that can take away the responsibility of YouTube to moderate such content, which in the episode of the terrorist attack in New Zealand led to the upload of images of the attempt to exhaustion, with the company calculating a video about each second .
New Zealand, however, has taken energetic action to quickly repeal some arms procurement facilities; moreover, the press did not show the face or name of the perpetrator.
Meanwhile, pressure from world authorities is mounting for more regulation of social networks. Even so, Facebook has anticipated and is preventing users who have been warned by hate speech from coming live on broadcasts on the platform.
And you, do you think the decision is important to contain misinformation, or does it set a dangerous precedent? Tell us in the comments!