Sri Lanka blocks Facebook and WhatsApp after anti-Muslim riotsChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 13, 2019
Sri Lanka blocked access to Facebook and WhatsApp on Monday after a posting sparked anti-Muslim riots across several towns in the latest fallout from the Easter Sunday attacks.
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Security forces fired into the air to disperse mobs, but the violence spread to nearby towns where Muslim businesses were also attacked.
A night curfew in Chilaw and nearby areas was relaxed on Monday, police said, but the social media ban was brought in to prevent incitement to violence. ■