Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. Esses Cookies nos permitem coletar alguns dados pessoais sobre você, como sua ID exclusiva atribuída ao seu dispositivo, endereço de IP, tipo de dispositivo e navegador, conteúdos visualizados ou outras ações realizadas usando nossos serviços, país e idioma selecionados, entre outros. Para saber mais sobre nossa política de cookies, acesse link.

Caso não concorde com o uso cookies dessa forma, você deverá ajustar as configurações de seu navegador ou deixar de acessar o nosso site e serviços. Ao continuar com a navegação em nosso site, você aceita o uso de cookies.

Sri Lanka Is Blocking Facebook For Three Days In Response To Violence Against Minorities

The social media giant was blocked as the country imposed a state of emergency for the first time since its civil war ended almost a decade ago.

Last updated on March 8, 2018, at 1:56 a.m. ET

Posted on March 7, 2018, at 10:36 a.m. ET

Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP / Getty Images

A Sri Lankan man holds up a message on his mobile phone in Colombo on March 7.

Sri Lanka is blocking Facebook for three days in response to posts calling for attacks on Muslims as social media companies come under fire for failing to do enough to curb hate speech.

The temporary ban will also include messaging apps WhatsApp — which is also owned by Facebook — and Viber.

For the first time since its decades long civil war ended in 2009, Sri Lanka has imposed a state of emergency after violence broke out between the country's majority Sinhalese Buddhists and the Muslim minority, in and around the central city of Kandy. Mobs have rioted and set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and mosques in recent days.

“Social media websites such as Facebook, Whatsapp, and Viber — which were created to bring us closer to our friends and family and make communication free and convenient — have been used to destroy families, lives and private property," said Telecommunications, Digital Infrastructure, and Foreign Employment Minister Harin Fernando according to local media.

The government also restricted internet and phone access in Kandy district to keep photos from being shared.

Facebook has policies against targeted hate speech, but it depends on users bringing offending language to the company's attention. The social network has come under fire in Myanmar for posts that fueled deadly communal violence against the Rohingya minority group in 2013.

A spokesperson for Facebook said on Wednesday that the company is in touch with the Sri Lankan government as well as NGOs to "support efforts to identify and remove such content."

"We have clear rules against hate speech and incitement to violence and work hard to keep it off our platform," the spokesperson said.

Viber's parent company did not respond to a BuzzFeed News request for comment.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.