Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 11/12/2017

Sri Lanka Social Media Weekly News Update

Here’s our latest update of what went viral during the last week on social media in Sri Lanka and around the world

This week our team wrote about;

What went​ ​Viral​ ​in​ ​Sri​ ​Lanka?

  • Snakes on the beach

With the climatic changes that Sri Lanka saw within the last couple of weeks, including the stormy weather, one of the aftermaths was that what was deemed to be sea snakes were caught by the hundreds to the nets of anglers along the Batticloa area. The news spread like wildfire on social media in Sri Lanka, especially Facebook until the relevant authorities explained that these were just eels and the fact that they were caught does not mean a tsunami is imminent.

  • The railway strike

The railway strike that started last week is one more news item that has been shared widely on social media. In this tweet it is stated that the daily loss for the Railway Department owing to the strike is 120,000 LKR.

  • Provincial election

Ranil Wickramasinghe speaking about winning the upcoming provincial elections, is a video that has caught the attention of the public on social media last week.

This Week’s International Hubbub

  • Hindus kill a Muslim

A video of a Hindu man killing and then burning a Muslim has gone viral on Facebook with over 25k views. The viewers all express anger, disgust and displeasure at the terrible act that was committed in the name of Jihad.

  • Donald J. Trump officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Trump has officially recognized the Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said that he will be asking the US Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv as well. The tweet received many comments, the majority of which indicate that this too could be one of the many mistakes that Trump has made while others appreciated the fact that he kept the promises he made during his run.

Insta of the Week 

The Sri Lanka Vs India brought the lowest score of 11-3 for India in CCi Cricket which triggered posts such as these, last week.

Pff 😱😓😭😏 #india #srilanka #odi #series #rohitsharma #captain #mumbaiindians #cricketer

A post shared by CricTracker (@crictracker) on

Stats of the Week



Lokaya Saha Lokayo once again tops the ranks despite not maintaining a great relationship with YouTube.

Lokaya saha Lokayo YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:

Total Subscribers -20
Total Videos -1
Total views -67

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update



Hiru News Facebook page ranked among the top five fastest growing media Facebook pages in Sri Lanka and they also maintain a great relationship with their YouTube channel.

Hiru News YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:

Total Subscribers -34,787
Total Videos -9,293
Total views -50,978,138

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update

Things You Should Know


  • Facebook was so successful at forcing Messenger on you that it’s doing it again with Instagram


Instagram is testing a standalone messaging app called Direct, according to The Verge. The app is meant to be for messaging only and will allow sharing photos videos and the likes on messages.


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