Sri Lanka Government Officials on Monday disclosed that some social media networks will be temporarily blocked in Sri Lanka, after messages shared online raised religious tensions that have been running high since the deadly Easter Sunday bombings.
PS Ruwan Gunasekara, police spokesman, said an example of such was the case of a message shared on Facebook that led to a tense situation in the town of Chilaw, 80km north of the capital Colombo.
The situation became so intence that a number of people surrounded and damaged an Islamic religious centre, but the police was able to arrest a person, identified as Abdul-Hameed Mohamed, who had allegedly posted an inflammatory message on Facebook.
An overnight curfew was imposed in parts of northern Sri Lanka to prevent further violence.
Gunasekara said other false messages on social media claimed a terrorist group has been arrested close to the capital and that three people, who were pretending to be medical students were arrested at a hospital on the city’s outskirts.
Nevertheless, armed forces and police on Monday increased security in the wake of reports that a terrorist group was planning to carry out attacks in several locations in the capital.