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The temporary ban on Facebook has been lifted.

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka to remove the temporary restriction to access the social media site Facebook, with immediate effect.
The President has given this instruction, following a detailed assessment of the decisions taken during the meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, between the Secretary to the President and the representatives from Facebook, today.
The Government took steps to restrict access to some social media platforms temporarily during the last few days, in order to curtail attempts to spread communal violence across the country, misusing the social media in a manner detrimental to national reconciliation. This initiative paved the way to contain the situation and the Government is taking steps to allow access to social media, while implementing the necessary monitoring and surveillance methods to ensure public safety.
Facebook conveyed during the meeting that it does not tolerate hate speech on its platform. Facebook shared its deep commitment to remove hate speech connected to race, ethnicity, religious affiliation and national origin, in the context of the immediate emergency situation in Sri Lanka.

Anyone propagating hate speech on Facebook is liable under Sri Lankan law.
The Government regrets the inconvenience caused to the public due to this temporary restriction to access social media tools.

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