Apr 18, 2018

President slams social media during UK visit Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that over 75 pc of news published online are not true.

The president, who is currently in UK for the The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM),  was speaking before a group of Sri Lankans in London yesterday (17).

He was of the opinion that the recent clashes in Kandy too were based on false claims.

Noting that social media has become an issue even for the USA, the president had stated that the decision to impose a clampdown on social media in Sri Lanka during the Kandy clashes had prevented a catastrophe.

When we were taking such measures, certain ambassadors were vexed. Some even made statements exceeding their limits. However, we remained defiant, the president had said.

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A group of Sri Lankans who had come to meet the president

Attempts by some to conceal the truth with lies have hampered the future developments of the country, the president said.

He added that true facts about the government's efforts to develop the country while establishing peace and democracy do not reach the public.

Noting that media and social media are attempting to conceal truth with lies for commercial purposes and political mileage is a major reason for this, the president further said that these persons have not quite realised the freedom everyone is entitled to, under the president government.

(BBC Sandeshaya)