Sri Lanka Social Media Weekly News Update

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 24/07/2017

Here’s our latest update for the hottest social media topics in Sri Lanka an across the world in the past week.

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What Went Viral in Sri Lanka?

  • Humorous video on suicide

This viral video that was done by the Facebook page called Rosai Samiyai went viral for the fact that it is extremely funny even though it speaks of a dark subject; suicide.

  • Sirasa TV’s cricket discussion warms up after Dayasiri Jayasekara calls in

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara called in to share his opinions during the talk show hosted by Sirasa TV to discuss the current situation of cricket in Sri Lanka. During his call, the minister spoke of the importance of fitness and the lack of it among Sri Lankan players, causing the atmosphere to get heated up with a plethora of controversies and questions. The video has gone viral on Facebook with over 44k views and people mostly saying that the Minister should not be involved in sports and just be limited to politics.

  • Former Navy spokesperson D K P Dasanayake arrested on kidnapping during last government.

Police Chief and Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara warranted the arrest of former spokesperson of the Sri Lankan Navy D K P Dasanayake under suspect of alleged kidnap and extortion during his time in service. However, while the video went viral on Facebook many civilians felt that this was an “inside agenda” and criticized the fact that most soldiers who fought to end the war in the country are being mistreated today.

This Week’s International Hubbub

  • Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington dies aged 41

News of Chester Bennington’s suicide caught the entire world off-guard last week. The iconic Linkin Park singer who was 41, is the latest in the line of victims to fall prey to depression and suicide, following in the footsteps of Chris Cornell who happened to be close friends with the deceased. The fact that Chester too died on the birthday of Chris Cornell whose death was determined unintentional suicide by overdose of antidepressants has caused many discussions and debates on social media. The majority of Facebook and Twitter users seem to be opening up about talking regarding depression and offering help to anybody who needs it. The news is still trending and was probably the most viral international occurrence on social media this past week.

  • Saudi Arabian woman who wore miniskirt in viral video questioned by police

A woman from Saudi Arabia uploaded a video with her walking dressed in a mini skirt and a crop top which is a clear violation of the rather conservative and strict dress code of the country. The public too, as per reports, had been outraged to a certain extent due to her actions. The young woman is now being questioned by the police with regards to the same. The video initially went viral for the fact that a woman had dared to venture out of the strict barriers enforced by the country.

  • VIRAL: Bad case of road rage caught in camera in Midland Co.

The video that went viral on WECT News page on Facebook shows a rather bad case of road rage as the driver of a SUV tries their best to not let a truck overtake him on the road. The driver of the truck is seen trying to go ahead on his way while the SUV almost seems to be playing Russian Roulette with the former. The many comments on the video clearly scrutinized the tremendous danger that the SUV driver was putting himself, the truck driver and everybody else in as well.

Stats of the Week

Hela Nada is a community Facebook page that shares entertaining news. The forum seems to maintain a good relationship with YouTube as well which could have been a critical reason in it ranking among the top five fastest growing community Facebook pages in Sri Lanka.

HelaNada YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:

Total Subscribers -17,640
Total Videos -485
Total views -20,370,206

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Another page that ranked among the top five fastest growing community Facebook pages in Sri Lanka last week was the Future Minds page for educational consultancy. However, in this case the relationship between the YouTube channel and the Facebook page is not a great one. 

Future Minds YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:

Total Subscribers -81
Total Videos -77
Total views -47,296

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Things you should know

  • Facebook tries to prove Instant Articles beat mobile web

One in three of all link clicks that happen on Facebook automatically go to its self-hosted instant articles. Facebook also has claimed that they drive more traffic in terms of referrals click-for-click because users do not abandon reading the article midway as they do in the case of mobile websites that take long times to load. Facebook is now partnering with Nielsen to prove that individual publishers can enjoy advantages when they post with the Instant Articles format.

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