Sri Lanka blocks social media platforms after attacks on Muslim shops, mosques

Sri Lanka has blocked access to some social media networks and messaging platforms amid a rise in acts of violence targeting Muslims following a series of bloody bombings that hit hotels and churches in the country on Easter.

The Sri Lankan government said on Monday that it was temporarily blocking social media services and messaging applications, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after a spate of attacks against mosques and Muslim-owned businesses.

The country’s leading mobile phone operator Dialog also said on Twitter that it had been instructed to block the apps Viber, IMO, Snapchat, Instagram and Youtube until further notice.

Reuters cited sources as saying that several dozen people stoned mosques and shops owned by Muslims on Sunday, while a Muslim man was beaten in the Christian-populated town of Chilaw amid a dispute that broke out on Facebook.

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