Shut down social media in times of crisis? Good, but it won't work

This is the ugly conundrum of the digital age: When you traffic in outrage, you get death.

So, when the Sri Lankan government temporarily shut down access to American social media services like Facebook and Google's YouTube after the bombings there on Easter morning, my first thought was "good".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2019, with the headline 'Shut down social media in times of crisis? Good, but it won't work'. Print Edition | Subscribe