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Sri Lankan president orders Facebook ban to be lifted

The Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday tweeted saying he had instructed the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) to end the ban on accessing the social media website, Facebook. 

He said the decision came after the presidential secretary Austin Fernando had held discussions with Facebook officials. 

The ban on Viber ended yesterday, amid widespread criticism of the government's decision to impose restrictions on access to social media following attacks on Muslims in Kandy earlier this month. 

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