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Gotabaya Rajapaksa condemns fake news during a crackdown on social media

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has put out a statement condemning the spread of fake news on social media platforms with various false messages claiming to be from him.

On Twitter the Sri Lankan President stated;

“Beware of fake news & messages being circulated under my name via messenger platforms. Any announcement or message will be published only through official channels of Presidents Media Division & verified Facebook & Twitter accounts,”

Rajapaksa’s statement follows growing concerns from human rights groups over Sri Lanka’s use of the pandemic to curtail free speech. 

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The news also follows the arrest of five people including a university student for the spread of false news on social media.

Read more from the Colombo Page and Daily Mirror.

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