Shockingly President Maithripala Sirisena and his top officials could not look past their war with the Lanka E news, a website banned in Sri Lanka even after 250 people were killed in brutal suicide explosions in six places in the country Colombo Telegraph learns.
In a meeting with Facebook executives to discuss restrictions to be placed on social media sites after the bombings on April 21st Sirisena’s officials slammed the company representatives using undiplomatic and abusive language.
Rather than focus on Mohammed Zaharan and the NTJ and their extremist content being shared on the platform, the main grouse of the presidential advisors and officers at the meeting was that Facebook had not taken measures to block the accounts of Lankaenews which uses facebook to publish articles that appear on the Lankaenews website which is blocked on all Sri Lankan internet service providers. Most of the 2 hour discussion just one day after the atrocious bombings focused on the slander of the President through Lankanews and Facebook’s inability to check the account Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.
The President’s Private Secretary Janaka Ranawaka, the allegedly corrupt former Kotte Mayor spearheaded the attacks against the FB officials sources at the talks revealed. Ranawaka accused FB of being a “criminal organisation” and told the officials their children and families would be cursed.
Facebook officials at the meeting were reportedly shocked at the abuse hurled at them by presidential staffers. According to sources Presidential Advisor Shiral Lakthilaka had also shouted at the FB officials. Also present at the meeting were President Sirisena himself and his brother Dudley Sirisena.