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Sri Lanka to lift social media ban

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COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka is likely to lift ban on social media networks this week, said telecommunications minister Harin Fernando.

He added that the senior Facebook company officials are expected to visit Sri Lanka today and the government will likely to lift the ban on both Facebook and Whatsapp.

The prospect of lifting the ban comes a week after government blocked access to social media to prevent the spread of communal violence.

At least two people were killed in clashes in early March when Sinhalese Buddhists, angered by a killing of a driver, attacked mosques and Muslim-owned properties in Kandy district.

Some of the violence was instigated by postings on Facebook threatening more attacks on Muslims.

The government said in a separate statement that it lifted the ban on Viber from midnight on Tuesday.

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