Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 20/03/2017

Sri Lanka Social Media Weekly News Update

Read up on our latest update of what’s trending on local and international social media

What Went Viral in Sri Lanka?

  • Protest in front of Kalubowila Hospital

The relatives and friends of a pregnant mother who passed away from contracting dengue fever staged a protest outside the Kalubowila Hospital. They blamed the hospital for the demise of the lady and said that had the doctors and nursing staff been more sensitive and vigilant when the 05 month pregnant deceased complained, this could have been avoided easily. With the pandemic continuing to spread across the island, the role of social media has now become more important than ever as a medium of creating awareness and well as perhaps, deterring such negligence, if it did indeed occur, in the future.

 

  • Mahasohon Balakaya facebook page has been blocked.

The Facebook page of Mahasohon Balakaaya has been blocked and as of yet, the party responsible for the same has not been identified. A page under the name of Amith Weerasinghe that had a total of 66000 people has also been taken down. The admin has requested the community of the previous pages, to join on a new page which has been put up.

This Week’s International Hubub

  • Trump’s meeting with Deputy Crowned Prince of Saudi Arabia

Trump held a meeting with the Deputy Crowned Prince of Saudi Arabia which sparked a lot f interest among the public for many different reasons. One of them being that the country has not been included in the travel ban signed off by Trump.

  • McDonalds Hacked

The McDonalds account on twitter sent out a tweet that berated Trump and also drew emphasis to the fact that he had “tiny hands”. The tweet soon went viral with many sharing approving tweets on the same.

However, McDonald’s then went on Twitter to say that their account has been hacked and that it will be investigated into.

  • Snoop Dogg and Trump

With 5,713,901 views and counting, the music video is one where everybody is a clown and the president is a clown with straw coloured hair and the name, Ronald Klump while all the cops are bad clowns. A controversial scene of Snoop Dog who is not a clown, pulling a gun out and conducting a mock assassination of Ronald Klump went viral. The President’s lawyer  Michael Cohen told TMZ that the video was “disgraceful” and Trump himself tweeted saying “Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!”

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Things you should know

  • WhatsApp backtracks on its new photo-based status feature, will bring back text statuses

In February 2017, WhatsApp announced that it will be launching a new feature called WhatsApp Status which is very much similar to the Snapchat and Instagram Stories. The photo-based feature did replace the previous text status and caused an outcry from WhatsApp users, which eventually lead WhatsApp to bring back the text feature. The new addition is available to users of Android Beta but the company has stated that it will be re-launching the feature in the coming weeks to both Android and iOS with one difference – it will not remove the text status.

 

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