Searching for Answers in Sri Lanka

“Islamic extremists carried out Sunday’s coordinated attacks in retaliation for a March attack on two mosques in New Zealand, said Ruwan Wijewardana, the Sri Lankan State Defense Minister.” That version of events has yet to be confirmed as the aftermath of the Sri Lankan bombings has been filled with confusing, and often contradictory, information. Here’s the latest from CNN.

+ Sri Lanka shut down social networks after the attacks. But as Casey Newton explains, blocking social networks after terrorist attacks can do more harm than good. (Platforms can and must do more to prevent their systems from being abused. But I worry that our platform-blaming has gotten so extreme that it lets the bad actors who abuse the platforms — or work to prevent transparency — almost completely off the hook.)

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