Sri Lanka restores Facebook and YouTube access after nine-day blackout

The government of Sri Lanka has put an end to a blackout of social networking sites that was imposed after the attacks in the country earlier this month, Reports of New York Times .

The closure, which began shortly after the Easter attacks on April 21, affected the main services, including Facebook and YouTube. The government said the ban was necessary to prevent the spread of misinformation after bombings in churches and hotels. More than 250 people died in the attacks, of which ISIS has assumed responsibility.

The decision generated a debate on the policy of access to social networks in an emergency, but the effectiveness of the ban has not been obvious. While not unheard of, a nine-day close is a noticeable breach in the service, according to data from similar blackouts published by Facebook. The country also closed Facebook and WhatsApp last year for about a week in an effort to stop mob violence.

Despite lifting the ban, the government of Sri Lanka, in a statement received by Times made a note of caution, asking people to "use social networks in a responsible manner, although the prohibition is lifted because of the situation that prevails in the country. "

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