Speaking, a senior officer at the police HQ sais that the police is empowered to arrest individuals and produce them before court for spreading false news and resorting to hate speech.
The president also imposed a state of emergency yesterday and the government had decided to take strict measures against those spreading false news, inciting racism and resorting to hate speech.
However, speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, legal expert Chandrapala Kumaragamage had said that the right to free speech or the right to criticise the government would not be violated by the state of emergency.
Speaking to media yesterday, minister Dayasiri Jayasekera also said that the Cabinet of ministers has decided to take strict measures against those inciting racism through social media.
Tweeting, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that they 'will not hesitate to take further action.'
Also resorting to Twitter, minister Mano Ganesan had said that, “all communal hate speech posts via social media would be curbed."