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Sri Lanka banned social media again overnight after ethnic tensions in Negombo; ban now lifted

The Sri Lankan government temporarily banned access to social media services again to control the spread of misinformation following ethnic tensions in Negombo, one of the cities targeted in the Easter Sunday bombings last month. However, according to a Sri Lankan government news portal, the ban was lifted this morning: "The temporary ban on social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook has already been lifted, Nalaka Kaluwewa Director General of the Government Information Department announced short while ago." Internet monitoring site Netblocks had confirmed at 10:30 pm last night that social media services Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, YouTube, and messaging services Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber were inaccessible. The social media ban lasted a little over 10 hours this time, and access was restored at 8:45 am today. Urgent: Social media and messaging apps blocked again in #SriLanka amid ethnic violence in…

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