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"From NPR news. It's all things considered. I'm Audie Cornish. And I'm Ari Shapiro as free Lanka investigates who was behind yesterday's terrorist attacks on churches and hotels. The government continues to block access to social media, their Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all owned by Facebook are among the services under a blackout this. Once again brings into focus the fear that Facebook cannot rain in disinformation and calls to finance and pears. Arthur Shahani is following the situation hierarchy high. What explanation did tree long has government give for shutting down these social media apps? So in a nutshell, the government doesn't trust Facebook to yank down fake news and call to miles before they go viral keep in mind. Sri Lanka is only a decade out of civil war. That's not a long time people. Remember it peace feels tenuous to them just a year ago last March Buddhist extremists torched, Muslim homes and businesses and used Facebook to incite violence in response to that the government had had. Had announced a seventy two hour block on social media in this time around the government is not putting a time limit on it. It's unclear when the band will come to an end. Of course, there are lots of examples of hoaxes going rampant on on Facebook from Myanmar to the United States. We have to note, they aren't NPR sponsor. How is the company responded to what's happening? Sri Lanka responses. Me company leaders are not defending themselves. They issued a statement and a pretty conciliatory tone saying, hey, we're working to support first responders and law enforcement and to identify and remove harmful content. Facebook had so many screw ups executive can't give themselves up Pat on the back or claim. Hey, we have a handle on calls to violence as recently as the New Zealand massacre Facebook failed to remove twenty percents of the video footage of the mass shooting, even though in that instance, people in the company knew what to look out for tell us how people in Sri Lanka are responding to the Senate you've been reaching out to people affected by the blackout. What are you hearing? I have you know, social media has been used time and again to help in crises right people turn to. Facebook to check in and broadcast that their faith to get updates from local officials and hospitals, and especially in Asia where WhatsApp is replaced regular phone calls for much of the population. The ban really threw people off. I spoke to one woman in American named Rena Aurora who is in Sri Lanka on vacation her family. Didn't know she was in Colombo near a bomb target. And this is her they tried to call me several times. I believe what's happened. They weren't able to get in contact with me. And so they were very concerned for my safety because all of them that I was traveling enchilada the time she had to worry about her parents worrying that she was injured or even worse than that. And she had no idea what was down when she tried to reach driver to get to the airport. He didn't respond and she figured, okay. He's blowing me off. And you know, he wasn't. He just didn't get the messages. So the both of them were operating in an information. Vacuum feeling totally isolated when what they really needed was to connect in a moments of panic. Can we say whether the blackout has actually worked at prevent. Eating the spread of hoaxes and conspiracy theories. Yeah. You know, I actually spoke to a man who lives in Colombo. And he told me that even though Facebook was banned some people use the back door tool. It's called a VPN to get on. Anyway. And lo and behold there ripostes online designed to so fear one one post claims a bomb went off in a nearby local park that was not true and other post claim that terrorists had poisoned the water supply. That was also ally TV and radio journalists had to jump in on that. And report that hey, you can trust the water you can drink at faith. That was extra work for them. It could have been worse with more people on the platform. Wow. So just briefly how does what's happened in Sri Lanka compared to what you've seen in other parts of the world. You know, what we've just seen in Sri Lanka is very swift unilateral action. Other countries like France and Germany have gone. The regulatory route, right. Germany path laws to find Facebook severely for its failure to pull down white supremacists. Content. Either approach quick or regulatory methodic the illustrate that because Facebook has. Been able to take control governments have decided that they're going to have to act. It's NPR's Arthur Shahani, thanks so much. Thank you now to the Democratic Republic of Congo where for months health workers have been struggling to contain any bull outbreak. Despite the fact that more than one hundred thousand people have been vaccinated. There's been a surge of new cases and more than thirteen hundred people have been infected so far the biggest obstacle to stopping the outbreak armed groups who keep attacking health workers in just the last few days. They were two assaults here to tell us. More is NPR's and read is in and welcome to the studio. Hi outy. Give us the latest on these attacks. I well the first one was on Friday afternoon. It was at a local hospital in a city called Mutombo. That's one of the current epicenters of the outbreak and about twenty members of one of the local Ebola response teams were having a meeting in witnesses say two gunmen Burstein, they took everyone's cell phones and other they started shooting injured two people and they killed the team leader. His name was. Dr Richard Valerie was Oko. He was an epidemiologist from Cameron had been deployed by the World Health Organization to help fight Ebola. And then just a few hours later there was an attack on another local command center, this one was at a hospital in a nearby. Suburb called Koch wa it's one of the worst hot spots in the outbreak zone. And this one was around three AM Saturday morning. Four people tried to set fire to that command center. Police fought them off they killed one assailant, and they captured the rest are these centers being targeted on purpose in if so how come it seems so yes, and it's not clear exactly who was behind each of these attacks. But I spoke with Dr Michel Yow who is leading the response for the World Health Organization, and he says witnesses in that first attack told him that the gunmen were shouting Ebola doesn't exist. You're just here to make money off of us and it fits into a larger problem of mistrust in the local population. There have been years of armed. Conflict in this part of Congo and people feel victimized by the government. So they don't trust authorities and by extension health workers. What does this mean for the effort to try and contain the outbreak? Well, there's a lot of concern because this is just the latest in a series of violent incidents that directly target health workers since February two Ebola treatment centers have been attacked Dr Masuku the doctor who was killed on Friday. He had only arrived four weeks ago. And he apparently told colleagues that he was really worried he's left behind a wife and four children in Cameroon. And so each time there's been an attack the health workers need to regroup. They slow down their efforts to vaccinate people who've been exposed, and then you see the effect in the outbreak. It gets worse. Basically more people start to get sick. And you know to give you an example in February just before these attacks on the bullet treatment centers started. They were saying about thirty new cases a week. And then this month, we're already up. To seventy new cases every week even as high as one hundred new cases every week. If this violence continues is there a chance at the outbreak could grow into a catastrophe similar to what we saw in twenty fourteen in some west African countries there are some really important differences, first of all the WHO and the government have been on this from the beginning. There's also a vaccine now which has been a game changer as you noted they've managed to get more than one hundred thousand people to take it and the evidence is highly effective. So there are still reasons to be hopeful despite this latest violence, that's NPR's Eisenman. Thank you for explaining.

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07:11 min | 3 years ago

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"Arthur Shahani is following the situation hierarchy what explanation Detroit has government give for shutting down the social media apps. So in a nutshell, the government doesn't trust Facebook to yank down fake news and calls to violence before they go viral keep in mind. Sri Lanka is only a decade of civil war. That's not a long time people. Remember it peace feels tenuous to them just a year ago last March Buddhist extremists torched, Muslim homes and businesses and used Facebook to incite violence in response to that the government had. Had announced a seventy two hour block on social media in this time around the government is not in a time. Limit on it. It's unclear when the band will come to an end. Of course, there are lots of examples of hoaxes going rampant on on Facebook from Myanmar to the United States. We have to note, they aren't NPR sponsor. How is the company responded to what's happening? Sri lanka. Responses. Me company leaders are not defending themselves. They issued a statement in a pretty conciliatory tone, saying, hey, were working to support first responders and law enforcement and to identify and remove harmful content. Facebook had so many screw apps. Executive can't give themselves Pat on the back or claim. Hey, we have a handle on call violence as recently as the New Zealand massacre Facebook failed to remove twenty percents of the video footage of the mass shooting, even though in that instance, people in the company knew what to look out for until us how people in Sri Lanka are responding to the Senate you've been reaching out to people affected by the blackout. What are you hearing social media has been used time and again to help in crises right people turn to. Facebook to check in and broadcast that their faith to get updates from local officials in hospitals, and especially in Asia where what has replaced regular phone calls for much of the population. The ban really threw people off. I spoke to one woman in America named Rena Aurora who is in Sri Lanka on vacation her family. Didn't know if she was in Colombo near Niro bomb target, and this is her they tried to call me several times believe what happened. They weren't able to get in contact with me, and they were very concerned for my safety because all of them knew that I was traveling insure Lanka time, she had to worry about her parents worrying that she was injured or even worse than that. And she had no idea what was down when she tried to reach driver to get to the airport. He didn't respond and she figured, okay. He's blowing me off. And you know, he wasn't. He just didn't get the messages. So the both of them were operating in an information. Vacuum feeling totally isolated when what they really needed was to connect moments of panic. Can we say whether the blackout has actually worked at? Preventing the spread of hoaxes and conspiracy theories. Yeah, I actually spoke to a man who lives in Colombo. And he told me that even though Facebook was banned some people use the back door tool. It's called VPN to get on. Anyway. And lo and behold there ripostes online designed to fear one one post claims bomb went off in a nearby local park that was not true in other post claim that terrorists had poisoned the water supply. That was also ally TV and radio. Journalists have to jump on that and report that hey, you can trust the water you can drink at faith. That was extra work for them. It could have been worse with more people on the platform. Wow. So just briefly how does what happened in Sri Lanka compared to what you see another parts of the world know what we've just seen in. Sri Lanka is very swift unilateral action. Other countries like France and Germany have gone to regulatory route. Right. Germany pass laws to find Facebook severely for its failure to pull down white supremacists. Content. Either quick or regulatory methodic. They illustrate because Facebook hasn't been able to take control governments have decided that they're going to have to act ten pairs arthy Shahani. Thanks so much. Thank you now to the Democratic Republic of Congo where for months health workers have been struggling to contain any bull outbreak. Despite the fact that more than one hundred thousand people have been vaccinated. There's been a surge of new cases and more than thirteen hundred people have been infected so far the biggest obstacle to stopping the outbreak armed groups keep attacking health workers in just the last few days, they were to assaults here to tell us. More is NPR's read is and welcome to the studio. Hi ati. Give us the latest on these attacks. I well the first one was on Friday afternoon. It was at a local hospital in a city called Mutombo. That's one of the current epicenter of the outbreak and about twenty members of one of the local Ebola response teams were having meeting in witnesses say two gunmen Burstein. They took everyone cell phones and other. They started shooting injured two people. And they killed the team leader. His name was Dr Richard Valerie was Oko. He wasn't ebony Miala just from Cameron had been deployed by the World Health Organization to help fight Mola. And then just a few hours later there was an attack on another local command center, this one was at a hospital in nearby suburb called Kotla it's one of the worst hot spots in the outbreak zone. And this one was around three AM Saturday morning. Four people tried to set fire to that command center. Police fought them off they killed one assailant and the captured the rest are these centers being targeted on purpose in if so how come it seems so yes, and it's not clear exactly who was behind each of these attacks. But I spoke with Dr Michel Yow who is leading the response for the World Health Organization, and he says witnesses in that first attack told him that the gunmen were shouting evil. It doesn't exist. You're just here to make money off of us and it fits into a larger problem of mistrust in. The local population. There've been years of armed conflict in this part of Congo and people feel victimized by the government. So they don't trust authorities and by extension health workers. What does this mean for the effort to try and contain the outbreak? Well, there's a lot of concern because this is just the latest in a series of violent incidents that directly target health workers since February two Ebola treatment centers have been attacked Dr MS Oku, the doctor who was killed on Friday. He had only arrived four weeks ago. And he apparently told colleagues that he was really worried he's left behind a wife and four children in Cameroon. And so each time there's been an attack the health workers need to regroup. They slow down their efforts to vaccinate people who've been exposed, and then you see the effect in the outbreak. It gets worse. Basically more people start to get sick. And you know to get an example in February just before these attacks on the bullet treatment centers started. They were saying about thirty new. Cases a week. And then this month, we're already up to seventy new cases every week even as high as a hundred new cases every week. If this violence continues is there a chance at the outbreak could grow into a catastrophe similar to what we saw in twenty fourteen in some west African countries there are some really important differences, first of all the television show and the government have been on this from the beginning. There's also a vaccine now which has been a game changer as you noted they've managed to get more than one hundred thousand people to take it and the evidence is highly effective. So there are still reasons to be hopeful despite this latest violence, that's NPR's Eisenman. Thank you for.

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08:48 min | 3 years ago

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"Well, it looks like on the northbound five at seventh street, we have a crash involving a semi that's on the right shoulder, but that's causing a little bit of backup. There. Also, northbound four five at the ten connector vehicle with the flat tire in the center divider. Much west LA, sixty four degrees from NPR news. It's all things considered. I'm Audie Cornish. And I'm Ari Shapiro as Sri Lanka investigates who was behind yesterday's terrorist attacks on churches and hotels. The government continues to block access to social media, their Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all owned by Facebook are among the services under a blackout this. Once again brings into focus the fear that Facebook cannot rain in disinformation and calls to finance and pears. Arthur Shahani is following the situation hierarchy what explication did Sri Lanka's government give for shutting down these social media apps in a nutshell. The government doesn't trust Facebook to yank down fake news and calls two months before they go viral keep in mind. Sri Lanka is only a decade out of civil war. That's not a long time. People. Remember it peace feels tenuous to them just a year ago last March Buddhist extremists torched, Muslim homes and businesses and used Facebook to incite violence in response to that the government had had announced a seventy two hour block on social media. And this time around the government is not in a time. Limit on it. It's unclear when the band will come to an end. Of course, there are lots of examples of hoaxes going rampant on on Facebook from me and mar to the United States. We have to note, they aren't NPR sponsor, how is the company responded to what's happening. Sri Lanka responses. Me company leaders are not defending themselves. They issued a statement in a pretty conciliatory tone saying, hey, we're working to support first responders and law enforcement and to identify and remove harmful content. Facebook had so many screw ups executives can't give themselves Pat on the back or claim. Hey, we have a handle on costs violence as recently as the New Zealand massacre Facebook failed to remove twenty percents of video footage of the mass shooting, even though in that instance. People in the company knew what to look out for us. How people in Sri Lanka are responding to the center you've been reaching out to people affected by the blackout. What are you hearing social media has been used time and again to help in crises right, people turn to Facebook to check in and broadcast that their faith to get updates from local officials in hospitals, and especially in Asia where WhatsApp is replaced regular phone calls for much of the population. The ban really threw people off. I spoke to one woman in American named Rena Aurora who is in Sri Lanka on vacation her family. Didn't know if she was in Colombo near bomb target, and this is her they tried to call me several times believed. What's happened? They weren't able to get in contact with me. And so they were very concerned for my safety because all of them knew that I was traveling enchila- uncut the time she had to worry about her parents worrying that she was injured or even worse than that. And she had no idea what was down when she tried to reach driver to get to the airport. He didn't respond and she figured, okay. He's blowing me off and. You know, he wasn't. He just didn't get the messages. So the both of them were operating in an information. Vacuum feeling totally isolated when they really needed was to connect moments of panic. Can we say whether the blackout has actually worked at preventing the spread of hoaxes and conspiracy theories. Yeah, you know, I actually spoke to a man who lives in Colombo, and he told me that even though Facebook was banned some people use the back door tool. It's called VPN to get on. Anyway. And lo and behold, there were posts online designed to so fear one one post claims bomb went off in a nearby local park that was not true and other posts claim that terrorists had poisoned the water supply. That was also ally TV and radio journalists had to jump in on that. And report that hey, you can trust the water you can drink at faith. That was extra work for them. It could have been worse with more people on the platform. So just briefly how does what's happened in Sri Lanka compared to what you see another parts of the world. What we've just seen in Sri Lanka is very swift unilateral action. Other countries. Like, France and Germany have gone. The regulatory route. Right. Germany pass laws to find Facebook severely for its failure to pull down white supremacists. Content. Either approach quick or regulatory methodic the illustrate that because Facebook hasn't been able to take control governments have decided that they're going to have to act. It's NPR's Arthur Shahani, thanks so much. Thank you now to the Democratic Republic of Congo where for months health workers have been struggling to contain any bull outbreak. Despite the fact that more than one hundred thousand people have been vaccinated. There's been a surge of new cases and more than thirteen hundred people have been infected so far the biggest obstacle to stopping the outbreak armed groups keep attacking health workers in just the last few days, they were to assaults here to tell us. More is NPR's read is and welcome to the studio. Hi ati. Give us the latest on these attacks. I well the first one was on Friday afternoon. It was at a local hospital in a city called Mutombo. That's one of the current F. Centers on the outbreak and about twenty members of one of the local Ebola response teams were having meeting and witnesses say two gunmen Burstein. They took everyone's cell phones and other quick -ment. They started shooting injured two people and they killed the team leader. His name was Dr Richard Valerie was Oko. He wasn't Eddie meteorologist from Cameron had been deployed by the World Health Organization to help fight Ebola. And then just a few hours later there was an attack on another local command center this was at a hospital in a nearby. Suburb called Koch wa it's one of the worst hot spots in the outbreak zone. And this one was around three AM Saturday morning. Four people tried to set fire to that command center. Police fought them off they killed one assailant and the captured the rest are these centers being targeted on purpose in if so how come it seems so yes, and it's not clear exactly who was behind each of these attacks. But I spoke with Dr Michel Yow who is leading the polar response for the World Health Organization. And he says witnesses in that first attack told him that the gunmen were shouting Ebola doesn't exist. You're just here to make money off of us and it fits into a larger problem of mistrust in the local population. There've been years of armed conflict in this part of Congo and people feel victimized by the government. So they don't trust authorities and by extension health workers. What does this mean for the effort to try and contain the outbreak? Well, there's a lot of concern because this is just the latest in a series of violent incidents that directly target health workers since February two Ebola treatment centers have been attacked Dr MS Oku, the doctor who was killed on Friday. He had only arrived four weeks ago. And he apparently told colleagues that he was really worried he's left behind a wife and four children in Cameroon. And so each time there's been an attack the health workers need to regroup. They slow down their efforts to vaccinate people who've been exposed, and then you see the effect in the outbreak. It gets worse. Basically more people start to get sick. And you know to give you an example in February just before these attacks on the bullet treatment centers started. They were saying about thirty new cases a week. And then this month, we're already up to seventy new cases every week even as high as one hundred new cases every week if this violence continues is there a chance at the outbreak could grow into a catastrophe similar to what we saw in twenty fourteen in some west African countries there are some really important differences. First of all the W H O in the government have been on this from the beginning. There's also a vaccine now which has been a game changer as you noted they've managed to get more than one hundred thousand people to take it and the evidence is a tightly effective. So there are still reasons to be hopeful despite this latest violence, that's NPR's Eisenman. Thank you for explaining it to us. Glad to do it. Tomorrow on morning edition, New York City has just passed legislation requiring large buildings to dramatically cut their carbon emissions. The retrofits could cost property owners. Billions of dollars will other cities follow suit that story and the latest news from around the world tomorrow on morning edition. Esther smart speaker to play NPR or your station by name. You're listening to all things considered from NPR news. This is Anthony burns opening the curtain on LA theater for KCRW in the playhouse latest production. You're going to office.

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06:56 min | 3 years ago

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"From NPR news. It's all things considered. I'm Audie Cornish Shapiro as Sri Lanka investigates who was behind yesterday's terrorist attacks on churches and hotels. The government continues to block access to social media, their Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all owned by Facebook are among the services under a blackout this. Once again brings into focus the fear that Facebook cannot rain in disinformation and calls to finance and pears Shahani is following the situation hierarchy high. What explanation Detroit has government give for shutting down these social media apps? So in a nutshell, the government doesn't trust Facebook to yank down fake news and calls to violence before they go viral keep in mind. Sri Lanka is only a decade of civil war. That's not a long time people. Remember it peace feels tenuous to them just a year ago last March Buddhist extremists torched, Muslim homes and businesses and used Facebook to incite violence in response to that the government had had announced. Seventy two hour block on social media in this time around the government is not putting a time limit on it. It's unclear when the band will come to an end. Of course, there are lots of examples of hoaxes going rampant on on Facebook from Myanmar to the United States. We have to note, they aren't NPR sponsor. How is the company responded to what's happening? Sri Lanka responses. Me company leaders are not defending themselves. They issued a statement in a pretty conciliatory tone saying, hey, we're working to support first responders and law enforcement and to identify and remove harmful content. Facebook had so many screw ups executive can't give themselves Pat on the back or claim. Hey, we have a handle on cost violence as recently as the New Zealand massacre Facebook failed to remove twenty percents of the video footage of the mass shooting, even though in that instance, people in the company knew what to look out for and tell us how people in Sri Lanka are responding to the Senate you've been reaching out to people affected by the blackout. What are you hearing social media has been used time and again to help in crises right people turn to Facebook to check. In broadcast that their faith to get updates from local officials in hospitals, and especially in Asia where WhatsApp is replaced regular phone calls for much of the population. The ban really threw people off. I spoke to one woman in American named Rena Aurora who is in Sri Lanka on vacation her family. Didn't know if she was in Colombo near target, and this is her they tried to call me several times believe through WhatsApp, and they weren't able to get in contact with me. And so they were very concerned for my safety because all of them knew that I was traveling enchilada the time she had to worry about her parents worrying that she was injured or even worse than that. And she had no idea what apple is down when she tried to reach driver to get to the airport. He didn't respond and she figured, okay. He's blowing me off. And you know, he wasn't. He just didn't get the messages. So the both of them were operating in an information. Vacuum feeling totally isolated when what they really needed was to connect in a moment of panic. Can we say whether the blackout has actually worked at preventing the spread of hoax. Conspiracy theories. Yeah, I actually spoke to a man who lives in Colombo. And he told me that even though Facebook was banned some people use the back door tool. It's called VPN to get on anyway. And low and behold there were posted online designed to so fear. One one post claims a bomb went off in a nearby local park that was not true in post claim that terrorists had poisoned the water supply. That was also ally TV and radio journalists had to jump in on that. And report that hey, you can trust the water you drink at faith. That was extra work for them. It could have been worse with more people on the platform, just briefly. How does what happened in Sri Lanka compared to what you've seen another parts of the world? What we've just seen in? Sri Lanka is very swift unilateral action. Other countries like France and Germany have gone. The regulatory route. Right. Germany pass laws to find Facebook severely for its failure to pull down white supremacists. Content. Either quick or regulatory methodic the Illustre. Great because Facebook hasn't been able to take control governments have decided they're going to have to act NPR's, Arthur Shahani, thanks so much. Thank you. It's been nearly a month since Thailand's general election, though, there's still no official winner. Many expect the pro military party to prevail. The military sees power in two thousand fourteen and promised to return to democratic rule. Five years later that promise appears hollow Michael Sullivan reports from Bangkok even before the election. Nobody really believed the idea that the time military would voluntarily exit the political stage. I think the military junta backed by the army is now intending to stay for the long haul at all costs. That's teaching numb punk Ceuta rock of Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University explaining how the military has been busy cemented its continued role type politics with a new military drafted constitution. A new hunter appointed Senate and a new way of allocating seats in parliament to ensure no single party won an overwhelming majority in this election as parties loyal to the military's nemesis. Deposed prime minister toxin Chinnawat had done in the previous three. This was a exercise in making Thailand look democratic when in fact, it was it is not so call it what you want. It's still putting lipstick on the pig. David strictest is an independent scholar who lives in Thailand's northeast. He was the prize the military back party didn't perform better at the polls. They did quite badly given that they had five years. Total ination over the Thai government at the end of the day. Seventy four percent of the type operation voted against it. After the unofficial results were announced a coalition of anti military parties quickly claimed the results showed they had enough seats to form a coalition government prematurely. It turns out all of a sudden the military appointed election. Commissioners suddenly say we have to look again. And maybe recalculate that's Paul chambers. A lecturer at notice swan university who thinks the commissioners will try to recalculate. In the pro military parties favor. The junta appointed election commission vehemently denies any bias. But the junta has another problem. It didn't see coming says David struck this a new anti military party. With a charismatic leader that finished a strong third and last month's election with their hyper focus on trying to end any sort of influence of toxin sin. Awad was that they missed a whole new generation at a whole new movement that the future forward was able to create and this party did remarkably well, and that is exactly why it's being targeted now. Earlier this month, the party's leader tunnel torn June wrong kit appeared at a police station was charged with sedition in connection with an anti junta protests, the attended more than three years ago..

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07:33 min | 3 years ago

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"It's all things considered. I'm Audie Cornish Shapiro as Sri Lanka investigates who was behind yesterday's terrorist attacks on churches and hotels. The government continues to block access to social media, their Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all owned by Facebook are among the services under a blackout this. Once again brings into focus the fear that Facebook cannot rain in disinformation and calls to finance and Arthur Shahani is following the situation hierarchy. Hi, what explanation Detroit has government give for shutting down these social media apps? So in a nutshell, the government doesn't trust Facebook to yank down fake news and calls to violence before they go viral keep in mind. Sri Lanka is only a decade of civil war. That's not a long time people. Remember it peace feels tenuous to them just a year ago last March food extremists torched, Muslim homes and businesses and youth Facebook to incite violence in response to that the government had had announced a seventy two hour block on social media. And this time around the government is not putting a time limit on it. It's unclear when the band will come to an end. Of course, there are lots of examples of hoaxes going rampant on on Facebook from me and March of the United States, we have to note, they are NPR sponsor, how is the company responded to what's happening. Sri Lanka responses. Me company leaders are not defending themselves. They issued a statement and a pretty conciliatory tone saying, hey, were working to support first responders and law enforcement and. To identify and remove harmful content. Facebook had so many screw ups executive can't give themselves Pat on the back or claim. Hey, we have a handle on Kalsa violence as recently as the New Zealand massacre Facebook failed to remove twenty percents of the video footage of the mass shooting, even though in that instance, people in the company knew what to look out for us. How people in Sri Lanka are responding to the Senate you've been reaching out to people affected by the blackout. What are you hearing social media has been used time and again to help in crises right, people turn to Facebook to check in and broadcast that their faith to get updates from local officials in hospitals, and especially in Asia where what has replaced regular phone calls for much of the population. The ban really threw people off. I spoke to one woman in America named Rena Aurora who is in Sri Lanka on vacation her family. Didn't know if she was in Colombo near a bomb target, and this is her they tried to call me several times believe through what happened. They weren't able to get in contact with me. And so they were very concerned from my. Safety because all of them knew that I was traveling enchilada the time she had to worry about her parents worrying that she was injured or even worse than that. And she had no idea what apple is down when she tried to reach driver to get to the airport. He didn't respond and she figured, okay. He's blowing me off. And you know, he wasn't. He just didn't get the messages. So the both of them were operating in an information. Vacuum feeling totally isolated when they really needed was to connect moments of panic. Can we say whether the blackout has actually worked at preventing the spread of hoaxes conspiracy theories. Yeah, I actually spoke to a man who lives in Colombo. And he told me that even though Facebook was banned some people use the back door tool. It's called a VPN to get on. Anyway. And lo and behold, there were posts online designed to so fear. One one post claims a bomb went off in a nearby local park that was not true in other post claim that terrorists had poisoned the water supply. That was also ally TV and radio journalists had to jump in on that report. That hey, you can trust the water. You can drink at faith. That was extra work for them. It could have been worse with more people on the platform. Wow. So just briefly how does what happened in Sri Lanka compared to what you've seen in other parts of the world. You know, what we've just seen in Sri Lanka is very swift unilateral action. Other countries like France and Germany have gone. The regulatory route. Right. Germany pass laws to find Facebook severely for its failure to pull down white supremacists. Content. Either quick or regulatory methodic the illustrate because Facebook hasn't been able to take control governments have decided that they're going to have to act NPR's arthy Shahani. Thanks so much. Thank you now to the Democratic Republic of Congo where for months health workers have been struggling to contain any bull outbreak. Despite the fact that more than one hundred thousand people have been vaccinated. There's been a surge of new cases and more than thirteen hundred people have been infected so far the biggest obstacle to stopping the outbreak armed groups who keep. Attacking health workers in just the last few days. They were to assaults here to tell us. More is NPR's read is and welcome to the studio. Coyote, give us the latest on these attacks. I well the first one was on Friday afternoon. It was at a local hospital in a city called Tembo. That's one of the current epicenter of the outbreak and about twenty members of one of the local Ebola response teams were having a meeting in witnesses say two gunmen Burston. They took everyone cell phones and other. They started shooting injured two people and they killed the team leader. His name was Dr Richard Valerie was Oko. He wasn't FDR from Cameron had been deployed by the World Health Organization to help fight Ebola. And then just a few hours later there was an attack on another local command center, this one was at a hospital in nearby. Suburb called Koch wa it's one of the worst hot spots in the outbreak zone. And this one was around three AM Saturday morning. Four people tried to set fire to that command center. Police fought them off they killed one assailant, and they captured the. West are these centers being targeted on purpose in if so how come it seems so yes, and it's not clear exactly who was behind each of these attacks. But I spoke with Dr Michel Yow who is leading the response for the World Health Organization, and he says witnesses net. I attack told him that the gunmen were shouting Ebola doesn't exist. You're just here to make money off of us and it fits into a larger problem of mistrust in the local population. There have been years of armed conflict in this part of Congo and people feel victimized by the government. So they don't trust authorities and by extension health workers. What does this mean for the effort to try and contain the outbreak? Well, there's a lot of concern because this is just the latest in a series of violent incidents that directly target health workers since February two Ebola treatment centers have been attacked Dr MS Oku, the doctor who was killed on Friday. He had only. Four weeks ago? And he apparently told colleagues that he was really worried he's left behind a wife and four children in Cameroon. And so each time there's been an attack the health workers need to regroup. They slow down there efforts to vaccinate people who've been exposed, and then you see the effect in the outbreak. It gets worse. Basically more people start to get sick. And you know to give you an example in February just before these attacks on the bullet treatment centers started. They were saying about thirty new cases a week. And then this month, we're already up to seventy new cases every week even as high as one hundred new cases every week if this violence continues is there a chance that the outbreak could grow into a catastrophe similar to what we saw in twenty fourteen in some west African countries there are some really important differences, first of all the WHO and the government have been on this from the beginning. There's also a vaccine now which has been a game changer as you noted they've managed to get more than one hundred thousand people. To take it. And the evidence is highly effective. So there are still reasons to be hopeful despite this latest violence,.

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