Facebook has been taking a lot of heat for myriad controversies in the US, including its jaw-dropping data privacy screwups and allegations it is maybe wrecking democracy by helping fuel online echo chambers. But as skeptical as many stateside are getting of Mark Zuckerberg and crew, the company’s role doing damage in…
The government of Sri Lanka ordered internet and mobile service providers to temporarily block Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as separate messaging service Viber, this week as part of a crackdown on what officials said was rampant online hate speech fueling real-life violence.
Eager for an escape? You might consider Sri Lanka, that ancient island off the coast of mainland India that's not nearly as dangerous as it used to be. If you're not interested in ancient statues of Buddha, you might just want to rent this beautiful jungle bungalow.
This man is not Tom Hanks. Or Mehran Karimi Nasseri, the Iranian who lived in Charles de Gaulle's Terminal One from 26 August 1988 to July 2006. This guy's name is Parameswaran. He's from Sri Lanka and he was stranded in Caracas' international airport, Venezuela for four months.
Over the course of August, Sri Lanka's countryside has been whipped into a mass hysteria by an urban legend known as "the grease devil." Rumors of these supernatural prowlers have rural townspeople attacking suspected grease devils, and people are dying as a result.
This little guy is an adult male Horton Plains slender loris. This nocturnal primate has been spotted only four times since its discovery in 1937. Scientists assumed it went extinct after deforestation disrupted its habitat in Sri Lanka. [AFP]