Sri Lanka Social Media Weekly News Update

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 27/11/2017

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?

  • Delay of provincial election

This video shared on the Facebook page went viral with over 5k views with the postponing of the Provincial Elections taking the headlines. The Collective of Election Monitoring Organizations stated that the Provincial Council Elections Amendment Bill that was passed in the parliament was anti-democratic. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections or CaFFE called this move the “first ever anti-constitutional attempt reported throughout the parliament history of Sri Lanka.”

  • Police officers shouting at civilians at a petrol shed

The video of two policemen from the Maharagama Police Station’s Traffic Regulation Department shouting, at civilians at a petrol shed including a worker of the shed went viral with more than 10k views.

  • Hunupitiya Train accident

Another incident that was shared widely on Sri Lankan social media last week was the train accident that happened at Hunupitiya in Wattala when a train collided with a truck that was delivering fruits and vegetables. Nobody was injured in the accident, however, the collision resulted in a major disruption of trains services while the debris was being removed.

This Week’s International Hubbub

  • Manushi Chhillar Crowned Miss World 2017

Manushi Chhillar from India won the Miss World 2017 title becoming the sixth Indian to take the crown home.

  • Padmavati; the movie and the bounty

Padmavati is an upcoming Hindi, Bollywood Epic that has been directed by Sanjay Leela Bansali, depicting the heroism of Rani padmavati (a queen of Rajasthan who was originally from Sri Lanka) starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. Even before the movie has hit the theatres, it appears that public has been outraged owing to rumours and despite pleas from the director himself to please watch the movie before arriving at conclusions, threats have been leveled at the director and actress alongside a bounty that has been offered for beheading them.

Insta of the Week

  • Sri Lankan holidays in the wild

This image shared by SriLanka Daily, gained over 2257 likes on Insta last week and with good reason. The picture is one that shows a safari in the island with a really close encounter of a majestic elephant.

  • Can you see the resemblance?

A topic that has been in the headlines for over a week now is one of Sherry meeting her long lost mom in Sri Lanka. While it trended on YouTube last week, this week, this lovely image on Instagram caught the likes of over 2000 users

Guess I know where I’ve gotten my whole face from then #iAmLanka

A post shared by Sheree (@_nirushika_) on

What’s Trending?

  • The truth behind large scale curd production

The video on YouTube with over 19k views was uploaded just one day ago. The video looks into certain unethical practices that are used in the production of curd in Sri Lanka not by the small scale local dairy farmers but by the large scale production chains and how it can impact the consumer negatively.

Stats of the Week

The Facebook page of Sri Lanka Rupavahini ranked among the top five fastest growing media Facebook pages in Sri Lanka last week. The channel appears to be maintaining a healthy relationship between the Facebook page and its YouTube channel as well.

Sri Lanka Rupavahini YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:

Total Subscribers -4,245
Total Videos -550
Total views -898,266

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