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Sri Lanka lifts social media ban amid protests over VPNs

Demonstrators hold banners during a demonstration against rising prices and shortages of fuel and other essential commodities in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 4, 2022.

Demonstrators hold banners during a demonstration against rising prices and shortages of fuel and other essential commodities in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 4, 2022.
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The Sri Lankan government lifted a short-lived ban on social media on Sunday after officials appeared to remember VPNs exist. The social media ban was imposed because protesters took to the streets an economic crisis that has left many businesses in Sri Lanka without the essentials, with some protesters target the personal Home of the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Virtual private networks are apps that allow internet users to bypass website bans, often despite countries banning access VPNs can make it much harder for the average internet user to bypass internet blocks. In this case, Sri Lanka seemed unwilling to ban VPNs, which are already used by politicians in the country.

Namal Rajapaksa, Youth Minister and a Prime Minister’s son‘ he said on Sunday that anyone can use a VPN to bypass the social media ban and explains He didn’t want the government to block apps like Twitter.

“I will never condone social media blocking. The availability of VPN, as I use it now, makes such bans completely useless. I urge the authorities to think more progressively and reconsider this decision,” Rajapaksa tweeted Sunday.

Rajapaksa later announced that he would step down from his role as youth minister along with other government officials on Monday.

The Sri Lankan government imposed a curfew Saturday night while the country continued To see protests by people upset about rising food prices and a lack of essentials on supermarket shelves. At least 650 people have been arrested for violating curfews in the western province. According to Germany, this includes the country’s capital, Colombo DW intelligence service. Journalists were reportedly among those arrested BBC.

In Sri Lanka, with a population of 22 million, many cabinet ministers have resigned in recent days, but the Prime Minister and President are both still in power. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is brothers with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a Buddhist, was previously Minister of Defense of Sri Lanka and has been criticized for human rights abuses during the country’s civil warincluding crime against Tamils ​​and Muslims. The bourgeois War ended in 2009.

“I would call these dictatorial, autocratic and draconian moves,” the government said Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa spoke about the curfew at a protest on Sundayaccording to the BBC.

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Adam Bradshaw

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