Officers there directed them to another police agency, which took the disc but never acted on it, Ahamed said. You are now following this newsletter. Among them was Galagodatte Gnanasara, founder of an extremist group called Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, who has been charged with inciting pogroms in that left four people dead. Sirisena's office denied that Gnanasara — who is free on bail and reportedly visited Kandy the day the attacks broke out — was part of the government delegation. But officials acknowledged that a top aide to the notorious monk had traveled with the president. In March, prosecutors charged three Buddhist teenagers from Colombo with spreading hate messages on WhatsApp. Coauthor Sanjana Hattotuwa said the posts, which clearly violated Facebook standards, remained online for months because the company "had zero capacity to monitor Sinhala.
It took down some accounts, including one belonging to Amith Weerasinghe, a Buddhist radical with more thanfollowers, who was seen on a video prodding Sinhalese to attack Muslims in Kandy.
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A Muslim boy peeps through a broken window of a vandalized mosque in Kandy, Sri Lanka, on March 9, But his successor, Maithripala Sirisena, has sought to accommodate Buddhist hard-liners. In Sri Lanka the government accused Facebook of failing to take down posts and videos that encouraged the violence in Kandy in early March. The group has used Facebook to spread false information about Muslims — including that one Muslim-owned shop was selling candy that would turn Buddhist women infertile. Critics said the Sri Lankan government has used Facebook as a scapegoat for its inability to rein in hard-liners. Critics said the Sri Lankan government has used Facebook as a scapegoat for its inability to rein in hard-liners. During the violence in Kandy, which left three people dead and caused millions of dollars in damage, Kariyawasam emerged as one of the most prolific online activists reporting accounts with names such as "Sinhala Racist," which claimed that Sri Lanka was "the exclusive domain of the Sinhalese race.