Sri Lanka Social Media Weekly News Update

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 28/08/2017

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:

Our Blogs

  • No more polythene? with the impending polythene ban set for the 01st of September 2017 in Sri Lanka. We look at the different perspectives and stands taken by different affected parties.

What​ ​Went​ ​Viral​ ​in​ ​Sri​ ​Lanka?

  • Anura Kumara and Rajitha Senarathne’s fight in the parliament.

The video of the argument that broke out between Minister Rajitha Senarathne and Anura Kumara Dissanayake with regards to the condition of the health services in Sri Lanka went viral on Facebook last week. Minister Anura Kumara’s take on the issue was why, Rajitha preferred to fly to Singapore taking 100 lakhs from the Presidential trust with him, if the medical facilities in Sri Lanka are indeed good enough.

  • Selfie of Chamara Kapugedara with Anushka Sharma

A selfie of cricketer Chamara Kapugedara and popular Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma became an entertainer on Facebook last week. Even though there were jabs at the cricketer asking him to practice and win the series and not to waste time on selfies, it was all said in a sense of humour.

  • New Navy Commander Vice Admiral Sinnaiah

Sri Lanka’s 21st Navy Commander position has been given to Vice Admiral Travis Sinnaiah; a decorated officer whose strategy and bravery resulted in the destruction of 07 floating weapon storage facilities of the LTTE on international waters. The news that he had been appointed went viral last week on Facebook.

This Week’s International Hubbub

  • A Saudi teen was arrested after he danced the “Macarena”

This video that went viral on the Facebook page of Washington Post indicates four instances where videos that sparked controversy and sometimes caused legal interference in Saudi. The latest is a video of a teen dancing to Macarena blocking traffic in the country, the one before that was the video of the lady in a short skirt who was arrested and released due to a massive international outcry, the other is one of a Saudi prince who was arrested after a video of him abusing a civilian was posted and the final one is a woman driving in Saudi to protest against the law that bans them from doing so. It is interesting to note that every single one of these videos have gone viral before and have been met with strong criticism for the conservative nature of the country’s laws. In fact, the only reason as to why the lady who wore a mini skirt was released, is thanks to the large amount of petitions and protests carried out on social media.

  • Racist pregnant white Miami woman gets beaten up

The video clip of a white lady who claimed to be three months pregnant, getting beaten up by another white woman went viral on Facebook. The video shows the former saying something racist towards the black and Asian people in the building and then getting into the personal space of the latter, who then proceeds to beat her up. Many of the comments on the video are ones that criticize the allegedly pregnant lady for her behaviour and racism.

Stats of the Week

Cargills Food City maintains a Facebook page but has no good cross promotion on ther YouTube channel. However, the Facebook page ranked among the top five fastest growing brand pages in Sri Lanka.

Cargills Food City YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:

Total Subscribers -10
Total Videos -3
Total views -865

Sri Lanka Weekly social media news update

Things you should know

  • Facebook announces new memory features & ‘On This Day’ changes coming to News Feed

Facebook has added features to the sharing memories prompt that you usually see. There will be options to share milestones of your friendships on Facebook as well.

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