Sri Lanka government for the fourth time blocked Social Media platforms. According to the Netblocks real-time network data, it shows Sri Lanka has imposed a nationwide social media blackout. About 12 social media platforms affected. The block include Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter Periscope, Google Video, TikTok , Viber, Telegram and Instagram. Earlier block reported during Digana – Kandy riots, Easter Sunday Attacks, Negombo and Minuwangoda clashes. The Twitter disruption is the 2nd such nationwide censorship. The temporarily block might stop sharing information among protesters as most of protests are planning via Social Media Chat Groups. Users complain they cant access to above social media platforms directly. Users are accessing social media sites via VPNs.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s president declared a state of emergency giving sweeping powers to security forces a day before the possible series of protests.