Sri Lanka blocks social media after worst anti-Muslim unrest since Easter bombings

Sri Lanka on Monday temporarily blocked some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants.
The island nation has ramped up security as fears grow that minority Muslims among its population of 22 million could face sectarian violence after Islamist bombers blew themselves up in four hotels and three churches, killing more than 250 people.
Director General of the government information department, Nalaka Kaluwewa, on Monday said “Social media were blocked again as a temporary measure to maintain peace in the country,”
On Twitter, Sri Lanka’s leading mobile phone operator Dialog Axiata Plc said it had also received instructions to block the apps Viber, IMO, Snapchat, Instagram and Youtube until further notice.
Police sources and residents said several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores in the Christian-majority town of Chilaw on the west coast on Sunday in a dispute that started on Facebook.
Since the bombings, Muslim groups say they have received dozens of complaints about people being harassed.
A violent clash between Muslims and Christians erupted a week ago in the west coast city of Negombo, the site of one of the suicide attacks that killed more than 100 people during Easter prayers.

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