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In Sri Lanka, Fb contends with shutdown after mob violence

MUMBAI, India — In lots of international locations, Fb is contending with a darkening fame as a automobile for disinformation and false information. The newest instance: Sri Lanka.

This week, the island nation sought to dam entry to the social community, in addition to two different providers that Fb owns, WhatsApp and Instagram, in an try and stem mob violence directed at its Muslim minority. Citing inflammatory posts on Fb and WhatsApp, the federal government ordered Web suppliers and cell phone carriers on Wednesday to briefly block the providers together with Viber, one other messaging app.

“They have been spreading hate speeches and amplifying them,” Harindra B.

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