A survey conducted by Verity Research has shed light on public sentiments regarding the proposed Internet Safety Bill.
34% of respondents were aware of the government’s proposed Internet Safety Bill aimed at regulating behavior on social media. Among those aware of the bill, 56% expressed concern that it would limit their freedom to use social media.
Only 25% believed the bill would have no significant impact on their social media usage, while 19% thought it would help reduce social media abuse.
The Internet Security Bill, introduced in September, has faced scrutiny, with the Supreme Court identifying 31 clauses requiring amendments for passage. Currently, it necessitates a special two-thirds majority in Parliament.
The survey, conducted in October 2023, involved responses from 1,029 Sri Lankan adults, offering a glimpse into public sentiments regarding online safety regulations.