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Sri Lanka explosions: Ban on social media draws flak but security experts back decision

The Sri Lankan government's decision to continue a temporary ban on social media following Sunday's coordinated attacks is essential, said security analysts even as critics called it a curb on freedom of expression.

The government is also facing criticism after acknowledging that it did not act on earlier warnings of possible suicide attacks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2019, with the headline 'Ban on social media draws flak but security experts back decision'. Print Edition | Subscribe