Facebook responds to open letter from Sri Lankan civil society

A day after our open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook representatives from Delhi, India, on his behalf, responded. The email is reproduced below in full. It is worth noting at the outset that this is the first official response from Facebook we have received after many years of engaging with the company around the issues […]

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Open letter to Facebook: Implement Your Own Community Standards

April 10th 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is issuing an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as he prepares to testify before Congress on April 10. In this letter, CPA together with other members of civil society call on Facebook to combat social issues including gender-based violence and hate […]

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Voting in Hate: A study of hate speech on Facebook surrounding Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Election of 2015

  3 March 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to release ‘Voting in Hate’ – a study of online hate speech surrounding Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Election of 2015, authored by Roshini Wickremesinhe and Sanjana Hattotuwa. It is the latest of a series of studies published by CPA exploring the […]

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Saving Sunil: A study of dangerous speech around a Facebook page dedicated to Sgt. Sunil Rathnayake

‘Saving Sunil – a study of dangerous speech around Facebook page dedicated to Sgt. Sunil Rathnayake’ continues the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) study of online discourse, particularly over social media, around dangerous and hate speech, following its first report on the subject ‘Liking Violence: A Study of Hate Speech on Facebook in Sri Lanka’ […]

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Liking violence: A study of hate speech on Facebook in Sri Lanka

24 September 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to launch ‘Liking violence: A study of hate speech on Facebook in Sri Lanka’, authored by Shilpa Samaratunge and Sanjana Hattotuwa. Download the full report here. Download it as a PDF in Sinhala here. Download just the Introduction and Executive Summary […]

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Digital Dangers: CPA Flags Continued Use of Disinformation, Propaganda and Hate Speech in Sri Lanka

Disinformation, propaganda and hate speech continues to distort the digital space in Sri Lanka, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) noted during a panel discussion organised by the Information Safety and Capacity (ISC) Project, which provides information security and capacity building assistance to civil society organisations, rights activists and independent media. The discussion was held […]

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The Centre for Policy Alternatives Vs. The Attorney General (Amendment to section 291 of the Penal Code) (SC SD 28/2015)

On December 11th 2015, a Bill titled “Penal Code (Amendment) Bill” was placed on the Order Paper of Parliament for the purpose of amending the Penal Code (Chapter 19). The Centre for Policy Alternatives and its Executive Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu filed a Petition on the 17th of December 2015, challenging the constitutionality of the […]

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