How Sri Lanka Shut Social Media Out of the Country

And why such censorship efforts usually backfire

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NNot long ago, social media giants like Twitter and Facebook were soaking up praise for playing an essential role in supporting democratic revolutions in the Middle East. But less than a decade later, these same platforms are now widely derided as hotbeds of hate speech and disinformation, so much…