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Lanka blocks Facebook and Instagram to curb false news reports – Business Standard

Sunday blocked platforms like the and to prevent the spread of false reports after a series of blasts killed 207 people.

The said in a statement that the decision to block was taken in reaction to false reports spreading on

The statement said the security forces were conducting comprehensive investigations into the explosions, and that the would continue until investigations were concluded.

@MaithripalaS appealed to the nation to act with utmost restraint and patience, and not to be misled by baseless rumors and false stories,” Sirisena’s office tweeted.

Meanwhile, has activated its tool for the blasts, reported.

The feature provides a repository for about the incident, and allows people to mark themselves safe and search for friends who may have been affected.

Sri Lankan have urged the public to stay indoors following the blasts. They asked that bystanders not gather at the explosion sites or outside the hospitals where the injured are being brought, according to government official news portal News.LK.

It also reported that passengers departing from (BIA) will need to be present at the airport at least four hours prior to their departure time, to account for extra security processes.

Sri Lankan Airlines, which is the ground handling agent for all airlines, added that only passengers will be allowed inside the airport terminal.

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The airport is located to the north of the capital Colombo, on the outskirts of the city of Negombo, which was the site of at least one bombing today.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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