TRC summoned over temporary social media ban

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has been summoned by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka over the temporary ban imposed on social media throughout the island last week.

Sports Minister, Dayasiri Jayasekara, speaking at a Foreign Correspondents Association Forum in Colombo said that although according to law, this was considered a human rights violation, the Government had taken the decision in order to curb the spread of false and malicious news as this had triggered the situation to spiral out of control.

“Actually when social media platforms such as Facebook and Whatsapp was blocked for three days, the TRC had to appear before the Human Rights Commission. But state security was important than anything else and we are glad the situation is now returning to normal,” Jayasekara said. (Colombo Gazette)