Facebook has been embroiled in a political row in Sri Lanka as opposition MPs blamed the ruling party of using data to launch a crackdown. In a letter to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, the United National Party (UNP) said data gathered from Facebook profile could be used against party members who use the site.
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According to SkyNews, the UNP proposed Facebook to protect the identity of its supporters. It came amid growing bitterness between members of the UNP and other parties due to the Sri Lankan political crisis.
The speaker of the country’s parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, had books and chairs hurled at him in the chamber on Friday after he allowed a no-confidence vote against the prime minister to go ahead.
The no-confidence motion was passed, but Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to accept the result of the vote and insisted the speaker had no authority to remove him from his position.
Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday asked an all-party meeting to hold a third vote on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, deepening the country’s political crisis. Sirisena called the all party leaders’ meeting after Rajapaksa, his choice to lead the government, was voted out twice within days by a majority in a no-confidence motion.
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