In the face of severe social media backlash against President Maithripala Sirisena‘s conduct, the President Media Division has a deployed a special team to delete all negative comments posted on Sirisena’s social media profiles, especially Facebook.
In addition to strong critiques of Sirisena, several journalists are also on the President’s Facebook blocked list. Chamara Sumanapala, a former journalist at ‘The Nation’ newspaper confirmed that he had been blocked from viewing or commenting on the official Facebook page of President Sirisena.
Our source from the Presidential Secretariat also added: “In addition to those deleting the negative comments, there is also an operation to post positive comments on Sirisena’s posts.
The commenters are paid employees of the President’s media team.
The Director of social media for President Sirisena is a person named Sameera de Silva, a former announcer of Sirasa TV, while the de facto Head of President Sirisena’s social media operation is his own son, Daham Sirisena, who apparently gives a daily social media briefing to Sirisena at the breakfast table.