Sri Lanka Social Media Weekly News Update

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 16/10/2017

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

This week our team wrote about;

What went​ ​Viral​ ​in​ ​Sri​ ​Lanka?

  • Anti-SAITM rally

The Anti-SAITM rally that was recently held, ended with a tear gas attack from the police when they were brought in to control the situation that had gotten out of control. The post that was shared on the Facebook page Ada Derana Sinhala, went viral instantly.

  • Impromptu railway strikes

The sudden railway strike that happened in Sri Lanka put many passengers in a rather inconvenient situation while also throwing the Fort Railway Station into chaos. The strike was called off but not before the daily routines of many were affected. The video of the Fort Railway Station strike on Facebook went viral among users last week.

  • Harthal in the North

From North to the South, it truly does seem like a week full of conflicts for Sri Lanka, when a harthal or protest movement was reported in from the North during the visits of President Maithreepala Sirisena to the area. The court however, had banned any sort of protests while the President is touring there according to a request put forward by the police. The protest that was held albeit the ban was for the freedom and fair judgement of individuals who have been arrested due to LTTE connections. The videos of the post went viral on Facebook last week.

This Week’s International Hubbub

  • Angry doctor tells patient off

It is not uncommon to experience high waiting times for doctors. The situation is, in fact, truw for many countries around the world. In a classic case of not dealing with the matter right, a complaining patient who wasn’t happy about having been kept waiting approached the doctor, who gets rather annoyed at this attitude and in the process, grabs the phone of the patient’s daughter who is recording the issue. Who was right and wrong though, the recording is not enough to decide.

  • Canadian-American family freed from Taliban captivity

In this sensitive video a man recounts his tale of horrors of having lived in a military captive camp in Afghanistan where he claims that his wife was raped and his child killed. The man and his family was freed from captivity after five long years that altered their lives forever.

Stats of the Week

The SL Diaries Facebook page has come in this position before as well and they continue to maintain the position among the top five fastest growing entertainment Facebook pages in Sri Lanka. It is important to notice that along with their Facebook page, they have kept maintaining their YouTube channel as well.

SL Diaries YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:

Total Subscribers -16,676
Total Videos -89
Total views -1,792,737

SL Diaries

In-keeping with the trends on social media by Sri Lankan politicians, that we have written about before, the Facebook page of Patali Champika Ranawaka does not maintain a  good relationship with YouTube. However, unlike the majority of political personalities, his Facebook page is well maintained.

Patali Champika Ranawaka YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:

Total Subscribers -1,755
Total Videos -267
Total views -366,987


Things you should know

  • WhatsApp is poised to make the biggest change since it was bought by Facebook

Whatsapp is now building a different and new version of the popular messaging medium that will allow customers and businesses to communicate with each other. The new version is to be named ad WhatsApp Business.


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