Complaint lodged with police alleging that Facebook is insulting President, country

A complaint has been lodged with the Sri Lanka Police alleging that the reputation of the Sri Lankan government and President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is being tarnished internationally.

The complaint was made by Oshala Herath, a former deputy director of the Presidential Media Unit and a UNP candidate for the Colombo district in the last parliamentary election.

He has pointed out that this has been done by including the name of Ven. Galabodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force for ‘One Country, One Law’ and the Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Organization, in the list of dangerous individuals and organizations on Facebook.

Gnanasara Thera’s name has been added to the FB list by Attorney-at-Law Senura Abeywardena,  Facebook Policy Manager for Sri Lanka since 2018.

The complaint states that it was during the time  Senura Abeywardena (https://www.linkedin.com/in/senura-abeywardena-934862107/) And Dr. Yasas Visuddhi Abeywickrema

 (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-yasas-vishuddhi-abeywickrama/) were appointed.

(Senura Abeywardena is the son of MP Wajira Abeywardena)

The list of dangerous individuals and organizations recently published by Facebook in the international media includes the names of three Sri Lankan organizations, the other two of which are the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sinhale National Movement.

Oshala also complained that Facebook had not been included in the list of terrorists Saharan Hashim and the extremist nationalist Tawheed Jamaat, which was directly responsible for the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings, which had been banned by the Sri Lankan government.

It further states;

” In a country where the majority are Sinhala Buddhists, by listing Gnanasara Thera, the head of the Presidential Task Force on ‘One Country One Law’ and the BBS and failing to list the extremist organization the National Thawheed Jamath and Zaharan Hashim who has been named by the Sri Lankan Government as a terrorist, it could lead to disharmony among ethnic groups within the country and create animosity.”  

“Accordingly, I request that this document of mine be treated as a complaint and that a speedy and impartial inquiry be conducted into this matter and that legal action be taken against Facebook or the responsible officials.”

When I sent the letter to Senura, I got 371 strikes – Oshala

When we inquired about this complaint from Mr. Oshala Herath, he said that before filing a complaint with the police, he had informed Attorney-at-Law Senura Abeywardena, the Policy Manager of Facebook, regarding Sri Lanka, in writing on the 16th, after which his Facebook account received 371 strikes.

He said he had only five such strikes this year.

He said that his personal Facebook account has over one hundred thousand people and that he has another well-known Facebook account, Sri Lankans for Sri Lanka, which has over 550,000 people.

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