Social Media Banned by Lankan Govt to Prevent Racist Content from Spreading

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Popular social media networks have beeen blocked in Sri Lanka in an attempt to stop the spread of racial and religeous violence.

According to announcements of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, Facebook, Instagram, Viber, Imo, Twitter and WhatsApp, are blocked in the central hills, where the growth of violence prevail. However outside of that region, though, many people were also unable to access the social media sites.

The move came as racist rioting flared anew, with racist mobs attacking mosques and shops owned by Muslims in at least two towns. Anti-Muslim riots began Monday after a Sinhala Buddhist driver died after reportedly being attacked by a group of Muslim youths.