Myanmar army bans Facebook, Instagram after coup

Facebook banned Myanmar’s military from the social network amid violent protests against the coup there this month.

The Silicon Valley veteran took to Instagram from the Tatmad Armed Forces for concerns that the Army’s posts on the platforms would lead to real-world violence.

“We believe the risks of allowing Tatmadaw on Facebook and Instagram are very high,” Facebook said blog post Wednesday late night.

Facebook said it is also kicking off military-controlled state and media entities from the platform and has banned advertisements for commercial institutions associated with Tatmadaw.

Myanmar Army seized power On February 1, as it claimed the country’s November 8 election, the leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy called it false.

The coup drew international condemnation and mass demonstrations, killing at least three protesters and a policeman.

Facebook banned Myanmar's military from the social network amid violent protests against the coup.
Facebook banned Myanmar’s military from the social network amid violent protests against the coup.
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Facebook said it has given a clear risk of future military-initiated violence in Myanmar, where the military is operating with unrestrained and pervasive powers, as well as a ban on the military history of “exceptionally severe” humans Based on his decision. Violation of rights.

Facebook said Tatmadaw and its affiliated accounts and pages have also violated Facebook’s policies since the coup by trying to rebuild the network of “coordinated inhumane behavior” and sharing harmful content.

The company’s post reads, “The danger posed by coup-related practices and online threats can lead to online losses.”

Myanmar's army seized power on 1 February as it claimed that the country's November 8 election was fraudulent.
Myanmar’s army seized power on 1 February as it claimed that the country’s November 8 election was fraudulent.
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The ban does not apply to government agencies that support essential public services, such as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Sports, Facebook said.

This is not the first time Facebook has taken action against Myanmar’s military. It had already banned the commander in chief Min Aung Hling – who is now associated with the country’s de-ruling ruler in 2018 as well as 19 other individuals and organizations.

With post wires

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